Learn about the Revolutionary War in Rhode Island, including the Siege of Newport, the Battle of Rhode Island and Butts Hill Fort.
At 8 AM the British forces under the command of Von Der Malsburg chased Col. John Laurens and his American troops. There were skirmishes up West (Main) Road as the two sides made contact.
The Mackenzie Diaries
Frederick Mackenzie’s Diary is a valuable source for information on the British Occupation of Rhode Island (Aquidneck Island). He began writing his diary in 1748…
The Gaspee Affair: A Rhode Island Perspective on Its 250th Anniversary
“In a certain sense, the War for Independence began at sea when patriots clashed with the British on Narragansett Bay some two years before the momentous engagements at Lexington and Concord…”
The Battle of Rhode Island – The Gaspee
The Conspiracy to Destroy the Gaspee
With but few exceptions, it has usually been surmised by historians that the 1772 attack on the Royal Navy schooner Gaspee was a spontaneous response to the accidental grounding of the King’s vessel…
The Aftermath of the Battle
A diary entry by Israel Angell gives us a glimpse of the aftermath of the Battle of Rhode Island.
Skirmish Timelines & Maps
Action in the Battle of Rhode Island took place along what we call East and West Main Roads. It was the East Road and West Road to them. Sometimes there were two or more actions going on at approximately the same time.
Skirmish at West Main Road and Union Street
The first skirmish in the Battle of Rhode Island was around 7AM on August, 29, 1778.
Skirmish at East Main Road and Union Street
Early the morning of August, 29, 1778, British General Pigot sent General Smith up the East (Main) Road toward Quaker Hill.
Some of those young soldiers who fought in the Battle of Rhode Island or participated in the Siege of Newport went on to brilliant careers.