Learn: The Siege of Newport

Figure 3 - British Defenses

When the American troops crossed over to Aquidneck Island in August of 1778, they were hoping to trap the British forces that had control of Aquidneck Island for almost two years. The hope for this “The Rhode Island Campaign” effort with our new French ally was to wedge the British garrison in Newport between the French fleet coming from the west and the American soldiers coming from Tiverton in the east to the northern part of the island and then marching south towards Newport. The goal of the Siege of Newport was to force the surrender of the British troops.

Americans Gather at Tiverton

Current view from Tiverton Redoubt, later renamed Fort Barton (Photo by G. Schmidt)

The Tiverton redoubt was the gathering place for the troops who would go to Rhode Island in hopes of ending the British Occupation.

Introduction

Quote from General Lafayette

The plan was simple in concept. The Americans would assemble a militia to cross from the mainland to the north end of Rhode Island.