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Author & Historian Christian McBurney to speak in Little Compton

April 4, 2023 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

On Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 pm, The Battle of Rhode Island Association is proud to collaborate with the Little Compton Historical Society to bring noted Rhode Island author and historian Christian McBurney to the United Congregational Church of Little Compton located at 1 The Commons in Little Compton, Rhode Island. Mr. McBurney’s talk will focus on Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island. The presentation will also be available via Zoom.
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The Little Compton Historical Society notes that “Espionage played a vital role in the American revolution in Rhode Island. The British and the Americans both employed spies to discover the secrets, plans and positions of their enemy. Little Compton played a key role in the spy game. American spies gathered and conveyed key information about the British occupation of Aquidneck Island just across the Sakonnet. Author Christian McBurney unravels the world of spies and covert operations in Rhode Island during the revolutionary war.”

Christian McBurney is a historian, author, and lecturer. He was raised in Kingston, Rhode Island, and graduated from Brown University in 1981. He embarked on a career as an attorney and now resides in Washington, D.C. He has a second home in West Kingston and frequently lectures in Rhode Island. He has written six books on the American Revolution, including Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island; The Rhode Island Campaign, The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War; and his latest book, Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s African Slave Trade. He is also the publisher and editor-in-chief of a leading Rhode Island history blog, The Online Review of Rhode Island History at

The Little Compton Historical Society was incorporated in 1937 to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Little Compton for the enrichment and enjoyment of the general public.


United Congregational Church
1 The Commons
Little Compton, RI 02837 United States
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