Regimental Book: Rhode Island Regiment for 1781 by Bruce C. MacGunnigle, 2011 | State Archives Catalog
This record consists of one (1) published volume of "Regimental Book: Rhode Island Regiment for 1781 &c." by Bruce C. MacGunnigle, published by the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution in 2011. 156 pages, includes illustrations and tables.
From the publisher: The Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the publication of Regimental Book First Rhode Island Regiment for 1781 by Bruce C. MacGunnigle with an introduction by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG. Original records of the Revolutionary War are important to all Americans, especially historians and genealogists, but they are not always the easiest kinds of documents to use. This careful transcription of an original manuscript at Rhode Island State Archives provides rich material for the study of the First Rhode Island Regiment and the men in it. Enlistment records for over 500 soldiers (as above) allow the reader a glimpse of height, hair color, age, and occupation, as well as details of birth place and enlistment. This regiment, sometimes called the Black Regiment, is well known for its diversity, and these records are particularly revealing. In addition to the core of Rhode Islanders we find a Spanish-born fanmaker, a printer's assistant born in Africa, men from other colonies, and-more unexpectedly -soldiers from across Europe and the Caribbean. We find tiny soldiers (4 ft. 9 in.) and ones over six feet tall, teenage boys and men in their sixties. These records can be the gateway for genealogy, especially for soldiers of color. The appendix offers tables of information derived from the enlistment records.