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Image of the wax imprints of the Rhode Island Colony Seals, 1667 (red) and 1672 (green).The first governments established in Rhode Island began as written agreements between the original settlers of Providence (1636), Portsmouth (1638) &…


Image of the Cistercian Monastery located in Cumberland, RI. Excerpt from Cumberland Public Library Monastery History: The Cumberland Public Library is situated on the site of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Valley, occupied by the monks of the…


Image of the Chepachet Jail located in Glocester, RI, c. 1925.See also:Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission: Historical and Architectural Resources Preliminary Reports, 1978-1991Town of Glocester, Rhode Island Monograph, November 1976


Image of the Ashton Viaduct No. 275 looking north. Excerpt from the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey, Engineering Record, Landscapes Survey: The Ashton Viaduct is one of the State of Rhode Island's largest engineering…


Image of the Artic, West Warwick Business District.Arctic, formerly known as Jericho, is located in the center of West Warwick where most of the town municipal buildings are located. Source: West Warwick, Rhode Island From Wikipedia, the free…


An image of the St. Remo Brand Ale label bottled by the American Bottling Company located in Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1933.See also:Trademark records (SOS3.3.4), 1908-1972Guide to Department of State trademarks


Image of the 3 cent Win The War postage stamp. The following excerpt is from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum: The 3-cent violet Win the War stamp, issued on Independence Day, July 4, 1942, commemorates the nation's war effort and victory…


Image of a group of surviving veterans of the Seventh Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteers, at their annual reunion at Soldiers' Home, Bristol, R.I., September 8, 1897.See also: Rhode Island State Archives Resources A Battle Hard Fought - Rhode…

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During the Civil War The United States Navy first established its presence in Rhode Island when the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland was relocated to Newport over concerns of its location & proximity to southern sympathies. On May 8, 1861, a…

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Image of Rhode Island Governor William Sprague. William Sprague was the son of William Sprague [1773-1836] and Anna Potter [1763-1828]. He was born in the Gov. William Sprague Mansion in Cranston, Rhode Island, and pursued classical studies as a…

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Image of Rhode Island Governor James Y. Smith. Smith was born in Groton, New London County, Connecticut. He was a store manager in Salem, Connecticut, at the age of sixteen. Next year, he moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where he worked for a…

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Image of the roll of deceased soldiers buried at Lovell General Hospital located in Portsmouth Grove, 1862–1865.See also: Rhode Island State Archives Resources A Battle Hard Fought - Rhode Island and the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial…

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Image of the General Assembly Resolution authorizing a hospital for treatment of R.I.'s sick and wounded soldiers.On May 19, 1862, Surgeon General of the United States made application of Governor William Sprague for establishment of hospital for the…

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Image of Private Henry Hicks.See also: Rhode Island State Archives Resources A Battle Hard Fought - Rhode Island and the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Observance Civil War – Commission to Preserve the Military Records of the State Military…

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Image of the Commissioner's Notice: Prepare for the Draft! for Kent County by James Waterhouse, Commissioner. As the war dragged on with no end in sight, the government looked to expand the manpower pool and, after March of 1862, began to consider…

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Image of Lt Francisco Ballou.See also: Rhode Island State Archives Resources A Battle Hard Fought - Rhode Island and the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Observance Civil War – Commission to Preserve the Military Records of the State Military…

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Aug. 13th 1862
Mr. Edward C. Mauran, Adj. Gen.
of Rhode Island
Dear Sir
I hereby submit
to you my application for the
Surgeoncy of the regiment of
colored men called for in your
state by the proclamation of
Governor Sprague
I am…

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New Bedford Aug. 10, 1862
Respected Sir
You will pardon for
the securing liberty I have taken to write
you this stranger; but I trust welcome
epistle. I see by the public periodicals
of this day that the 6 Rhode Island
Regiment authorized…

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New York
Aug. 7 / 62

Gov. Sprague
Honored Sir,
Can you accept a
Company or Companies
from New York, to join
the Colored Regiment
of which you have
ordered the formation
if so, please send
information immediately
to J. McCune Smith
M.D.…

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