A Battle Hard Fought - Rhode Island and the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Observance


“A Battle Hard Fought” marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War by highlighting Rhode Island’s role in the War Between the States.

There is an array of material including images of soldiers, volunteer enlistment papers, reports of battles and casualties, correspondence from Abraham Lincoln and battlefield maps as well as documents relating to the state's African - American regiment, the 14th Heavy Artillery.

See the full exhibit for yourself at the State Archives, 337 Westminster St., Providence, through August 31, 2011. Free parking is available at the In-Town Parking lot across Snow Street from the State Archives. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Image of the First Rhode Island Detached Militia enroute to Washington, D.C. Assembled at Exchange Plaza in Providence, Rhode Island April 24, 1861.See also:Military Records - Civil WarCivil War Recruitment Book (1861)Board of Military Enrollment …

Dated Washington July 3d 1862
Rec’d, Providence July 3 1862, 12 o’clock, 25 min.
To Wm. Sprague

{Private & Confidential}

My dear Sir.
I should
not want the half of three
hundred thousand new troops
if I could have them now.
If I had…

Civil War Veterans Memorial Day in Providence, R.I., 1937. Pictured: Charles H. Leonard – age 95, Assistant Adjutant GeneralCharles H. Bullock – age 95, Past GAR Dept. CommanderCharles H. Lewis – age 88, GAR CommanderSee…

Hd. Qrs. 8. U.S.H.A. Col’d
Fort Esperanza, Texas
May 5, 1864
I have the honor to inform
you that Corporal Albert G. Jackson
Co. B died last night of dysentery
and was buried today at 5 P.M.
I have the honor to be, Genl.

War Department Authorization for Recruitment of a Battalion of Rhode Island Artillery Composed of Colored Men, August 14, 1863.See also:Military Records - Civil WarCivil War Recruitment Book (1861)Board of Military Enrollment Adjutant General -…