The Physical Challenges of Major General Nathanael Greene

The American Revolution provides heroes like almost no other event in American history. In a society where most of us live in comfort, with good medical care and remedies for what ails us, we recognize the sacrifices the people of the eighteenth century made for the cause of American liberty and, eventually, to build a new nation.

Hopes and Disappointments Lafayette Recalls the Rhode Island Campaign

“Lafayette, on his visit to Rhode Island in 1824 told the late Mr. Zachariah Allen as he
rode with him in a carriage across the border from Connecticut – ‘In this state I have experienced
more sudden and extreme alternations of hopes and disappointments than during all the
vicissitudes of the American war.’”

Ships of Rhode Island in the American Revolution by Dr. Kathy Abbass

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) has published many histories of the vessels in Rhode Island during the American Revolution and has done many archaeological studies to find and document what remains of those that were lost. Vessels of various types and sizes were lost due to marine peril, human error, or in engagements between enemy combatants.

The Early Life of Nathanael Greene

Jonathan Trumbull. "“Nathanael Greene.” Yale University Art Gallery.

This Continental Army general’s family arrived in America in the mid-1600s and soon became prominent and prosperous in their region. As a youth, he had little formal education but managed to find time to study great military leaders of the past. During our War for Independence, he lost most of the battles he fought but managed to hold his thread-bare regiments together.

Nathanael Greene Joins the Cause

Charles Willson Peale. "Gen. Nathaniel (sic) Greene." Brown University Library.

Nathanael Greene was one of the greatest American generals to emerge from the American Revolution. Without any formal military training or any experience, Greene developed into a leader feared and respected by his British counterparts.

Black Soldiers of Liberty

Estimates have appeared in print for generations that 3,000 to 5,000 Black soldiers served in the American military in the Revolution.