The Civil War Brought Home: Rhode Island During the Rebellion
150 years ago this April, the Confederate army surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in Virginia signaling the end of the Civil War and the start of a new chapter in our nation’s collective identity. A new exhibit at the Rhode Island State Archives commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and offers a glimpse into the conflict’s impact on our state.
The exhibit titled “The Civil War Brought Home: Rhode Island During the Rebellion,” focuses on elements of the rebellion that were felt uniquely at home in Rhode Island:
o The implementation of the draft during the summer of 1863
o The establishment of a US Army hospital at Portsmouth Grove
o The role of the United States Naval Academy at Newport
o The formation of a regiment of African American soldiers
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea invites all Rhode Islanders to view the exhibit and learn about the many ways in which this historic conflict impacted our state. “The Civil War shaped our national identity and economy in countless ways. This new exhibit offers a great opportunity to learn about the war’s impact on Rhode Islanders of the era,” Gorbea said.
Featured items include original draft notifications and rolls, volunteer enlistment papers, bounty allotments directed to soldiers and their families, contemporary maps and images, as well as letters received by Governor Sprague from men of color residing throughout the north, who offered their services to Rhode Island.
This free exhibit runs through April 30, 2015. The Rhode Island State Archives is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 at 337 Westminster Street in downtown Providence. Validated parking is available adjacent to the building at In-Town Parking.