Battle of Rhode Island Association Sponsors Portsmouth High School's AP History Class Tour of Battle of Rhode Island Sites

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Butts Hill Fort Restoration Committee Chairman Paul Murphy addresses PHS Students at the Portsmouth Historical Society.
BoRIA member Richard Schmidt explains how the earthworks at Butts Hill Fort were constructed.
PHS Students walk towards the Southern Battery at Butts Hill Fort.

On May 21st, the Battle of Rhode Island Association (BoRIA) and the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati sponsored a field trip for 40 students from Portsmouth High School’s Advanced Placement American history classes. PHS teacher Cindy Perry and BoRIA Education Advisor Gloria Schmidt organized the class which began with a lesson on using primary sources and an overview of the events of the Battle. Buses took the students to the important sites including the Portsmouth Historical Society grounds, Heritage Park on Turkey Hill, Patriot’s Park (Black Regiment Memorial), Quaker Hill, and Butts Hill Fort. Students listened to brief lectures on the Battle from BoRIA/BHFRC Members Richard and Gloria Schmidt, Paul Murphy, and Portsmouth Town Historian Jim Garman at the sites involved with the battle . Seth Chiaro was dressed as a member of the 54th Regiment of Foot and gave a demonstration on musketry. After their last stop at Butts Hill Fort, the group retired back to the school to enjoy pizza courtesy of the BoRIA.

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