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March 1st, 2024

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Recently the Battle of Rhode Island Association (BoRIA) received an unrestricted grant of $1,000 from the Rhode Island Sons of the Revolution. BoRIA Director Jim Stearns: “We are honored to have the support of a long-standing historic organization whose mission is in line with ours, we look forward to working together to highlight Rhode Island’s Revolutionary War history.”

The Sons of the Revolution was founded in 1876 by members of the Society of the Cincinnati to broaden participation in preserving the American Heritage on the eve of this country’s centennial. Its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members. As a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, the modern Society maintains its headquarters in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia with 30 societies in the United States and Europe. The Rhode Island Society was formed in Newport on August 29, 1896.

BoRIA has received a RI Legislative Grant of $500 from State Senator Linda Ujifusa. This grant has been specified for lectures. Director Craig Clark : “We sincerely appreciate the support of our State Representatives. Senator Ujifusa has been a big supporter since our inception.”

RIDOT Plans Installation of WARO Signs Throughout RI

In November 2023, a maintenance work order was finalized by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to remove and install approximately 126 signs associated with the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail (WARO) in the towns and cities of Coventry, Scituate, Cranston, Providence, East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport.  

The new signs will be “24×24”, with a brown background and WARO logo, white lettering and “Washington Rochambeau”, directional arrows mounted underneath.  The National Park Service greatly appreciates the efforts of Joe Studlick, a Director for the Battle of Rhode Island Association, for raising awareness and need to RIDOT for sign replacement of W3R signs, with official national historic trail signage. Joe was the catalyst for making this project happen. Installation is planned by RIDOT for spring of 2024.

Upcoming Lectures

March 6 – Newport Historical Society’s Resource Center, 82 Touro St., Newport: Dr. Shirley Green – “Revolutionary Blacks: Discovering the Frank Brothers.”

March 7 – Rhode Island Historical Society’s Aldrich House, 110 Benevolent St., Providence : Dr. Shirley Green –”Revolutionary Blacks: Discovering the Frank Brothers.”

Original Articles

A thorough and detailed account of the Black Regiment’s whereabouts and soldiers from their formation in 1778 to disbanding in 1783 is documented in a detailed timeline (six sections on the website) and in a condensed article. Although the Black Regiment spent much of their service in RI, they camped at Valley Forge and many locations in New York and New England. They were engaged in significant battles – Rhode Island, Pine’s Bridge, Yorktown, and the Oswego Campaign.

This is the first detailed account of their long service throughout the Revolutionary War.

BoRIA funded this research by Bob Geake, noted historian and an author of one of the earliest books on the Black Regiment (From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution (2016)).

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The Battle of Rhode Island Association (BoRIA) is proud to announce the release of our 5th Commemorative Coin. In honor of Black History Month and working with Signature Coins of Winter Park, Florida, the two-inch diameter coin features the likeness of a soldier of the 1st RI Regiment (aka the Black Regiment) in front of Bloody Brook during the Battle of Rhode Island on August 29th , 1778. The BoRIA logo is on the obverse. 

The Black Regiment was a military unit formed during the American Revolutionary War. It was one of the first African American military units in the United States. The regiment was established in 1778 in response to a shortage of manpower in the Continental Army. Rhode Island, which had a relatively large free African American population, including many who had fought in earlier conflicts, was among the first states to allow Black soldiers to enlist.

Despite facing discrimination and unequal treatment, the soldiers of the Black Regiment demonstrated courage and skill on the battlefield. Their service helped to prove the capabilities of African American soldiers. The regiment was disbanded at the end of the Revolutionary War, but its legacy is now being shared.

The design was done by BoRIA’s Graphics Advisor Ms. Maureen Daniels, a native of Portsmouth, RI.

Lafayette Lesson Plan Added to Resources Section

Gloria Schmidt, our Historian Advisor, has completed a lesson plan on Lafayette in Rhode Island – tracing his movements through the Rhode Island Campaign on a map by his cartographer. A learning experience for secondary students and adults. This is our 6th lesson for teachers and can be found here.

Celebrating Maureen Daniels: The Creative Force Behind
the Battle of Rhode Island Association’s Branding

Maureen, in balancing her full time design work and personal commitments, resigned from the BoRIA earlier this month. Beginning with Butts Hill Fort Restoration in early 2021 and our inception later that year, Maureen volunteered her talents to create and develop our brands with logos, brochures, posters, t-shirts and commemorative coins. She had been an Advisor to our Board. All her work helped communicate the Association’s mission and historical significance.

Maureen grew up in Portsmouth within walking distance of Butts Hill Fort. She has lived in MA and elsewhere in RI but moved back to her hometown in 2017. She’s a fulltime graphic designer and you may have seen her work for museums and universities throughout New England.

Her design contributions include:

-Butts Hill Fort Restoration, Battle of Rhode Island Association and

-Battle of Rhode Island 250 logos

-Brochures, promotional materials, stationary, and visual assets for events and fund raising

-Commemorative coins with the BHFR, BoRIA and BoRI 250 logos in addition to special subject coins for Rev. Terry, General Varnum, and 1st RI Black Regiment

-Merchandise – t-shirts, hats, product labels, and display signs

-The website and digital assets for the speaker series

We thank Maureen for her creativity, dedication, and lasting contributions to preserving and promoting our state’s history through her designs.


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Did You Know?

What country first recognized the United States as a country?

Nope – not our future ally France.

Morocco was one of the first countries to recognize the newly independent United States, opening its ports to American ships by decree of Sultan Mohammed III in 1777.

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