The Battle of Rhode Island Association

Fort Barton (Tiverton Open Space & Land Conservation Commission)

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Ft. Barton – Highland Woods

During the American Revolution the “Tiverton Highlands” was an important strategic location for preventing an invasion of the mainland across the Sakonnet River by British Forces occupying Newport. It was named for William Barton, who led a daring nighttime raid in three rowboats to capture the British commanding general, Richard Prescott, in July 1777. The coastal area around the redoubt was also where colonial forces marshaled to cross the Sakonnet in August of 1788 to engage the British in what became known as the Battle of Rhode Island.