The Battle of Rhode Island Association

The Battle of Rhode Island, August 29, 1778: A Victory for the Patriots

By Dr. Patrick T. Conley

Dr. Conley, Rhode Island’s preeminent historian, first-ever RI HistorianLaureate, and president of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, presents a study of this one-day battle during which a determined British-Hessian effort to disrupt the American evacuation of Aquidneck Island was decisively repulsed. This largely unknown battle involved more than 10,000 troops from both sides – larger than the battles at Bunker Hill, Lexington, and Concord. He contends this was a Patriot victory – read to understand his thesis.



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