1st Light Infantry Parading through Exchange Place

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1st Light Infantry Parading through Exchange Place


Image of the First Light Infantry Parading through Exchange Place. This ceremony commemorated the transfer of historic Rhode Island military flags to the new State House, Oct. 17, 1903.

The following excerpt is from the Rhode Island Historical Society Manuscripts Division First Light Infantry Company Records:

The First Light Infantry Company was formed in 1818 as a state militia company based in Providence, R.I., and was affiliated with the Second Regiment of the Rhode Island militia. It became the First Light Infantry Regiment in 1863. In 1879, Infantry Hall was built by the regiment's Infantry Building Association on South Main Street.

Like most militia units, the regiment never saw active duty, and frequently resembled a social club more than a military regiment. However, it did play an important role in providing trained soldiers when circumstances required. It helped suppress the Olney's Lane riots in 1831, and the Dorr Rebellion in 1842.

Many of its members served in the Civil War in Companies C and D of the First Regiment, Rhode Island Detached Militia. Similarly, many of its members served in the Spanish-American War in 1898.

See also:
Military Records - Civil War

Civil War Recruitment Book (1861)

Board of Military Enrollment

Adjutant General - Orders Received, Executive Department (1857 - 1858;1861; 1863)

Civil War - Record Book, Orders received, First Detached Militia / Tenth Rhode Island Volunteers (1861 - 1862)

Rhode Island Militia - Enrolled Men, Town Returns (1843 - 1898)

Adjutant General - Correspondence Received (1790 - 1915)

Adjutant General - Orders Issued, Dorr Rebellion (1842)
Dorr Rebellion - Committee on Accounts

Dorr Rebellion - Correspondence, 1820-1846

Dorr Rebellion - Insurrectionary Claims (1842 - 1843)

Dorr Rebellion - Map of Road Leading to Chepachet (1842)

Dorr Rebellion - Martial Law, Travel Passes Granted (June 24 - 29, 1842)

Dorr Rebellion - Military Returns, Orders (April 1842)

Dorr Rebellion - Militia Field Reports (June 25 - July 1, 1842)

Dorr Rebellion - Payment Vouchers (1842 - 1843)

Quartermaster General - Correspondence, Reports, Orders - Dorr War (1842 - 1843)

Quartermaster General - Orders & Accounts (1842 - 1847) / Musket Inventory (1837)


Accession: 1994-19


Rhode Island State Archives


1903 Oct 17


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Rhode Island. Adjutant General's Office, "1st Light Infantry Parading through Exchange Place," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #749, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/749 (accessed August 22, 2019).