Battle of Rhode Island Association Announces Partnership with the Artillery Company of Newport.
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The Battle of Rhode Island Association (BoRIA) is proud to announce our web partnership with the Artillery Company of Newport. Chartered in 1741 by King George II of Great Britain, the Artillery Company today is a ceremonial unit of the Rhode Island Militia, Council of Historic Military Commands. As such, the Company provides cannon salutes, color guards, and honor guards for state and local ceremonies. Throughout its proud history of more than 281 years, the Artillery Company has served with distinction in both war and peace, including service in the French and Indian Wars, Revolutionary War, Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, First Battle of Bull Run during the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War.
In addition to its present-day ceremonial activities, the Company operates a military museum in its Armory, located at 23 Clarke Street Newport, R.I. The Museum houses one of the country’s most extensive collections of military uniforms and memorabilia, including uniforms worn by: His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery of Alamein, all of Great Britain. The Museum collection also includes four bronze cannon cast by Paul Revere in 1798 for the State of Rhode Island and a letter written to the men of the Artillery Company in 1794 by George Washington. BoRIA’s Director-Grants, Dr. Murray Norcross remarked “We are excited to expand our growing list of web partners which will further our goals of informing others of Rhode Island’s unique role in the American Revolution. The Artillery Company is a gem for Rhode Island and our Nation.”