“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
East Greenwich in Kent County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)

June 12, 1775

June 12, 1775 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
1. June 12, 1775 Marker
Inscription.  On June 12, 1775 The General Assembly for the state of Rhode Island met on this site and enacted a resolution to charter and arm two sloops for the protection of trade and appointed Abraham Whipple to be commander with the rank and power of commodore of both vessels, thus creating the First Colonial Navy of the Revolution. On June 15, 1775 the sloop Katy participated in the first naval battle of the revolution off Jamestown R.I. renamed the Providence, this ship became the first vessel authorized for the Continental Navy, the first to land Marines in battle, and... the first command of John Paul Jones
Erected 1975 by R.I. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1839.
Location. 41° 39.732′ N, 71° 27.024′ W. Marker is in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, in Kent
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County. Marker is on Court House Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Greenwich RI 02818, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General James Mitchell Varnum Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Armory of the Kentish Guards (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michaud Memorial (about 500 feet away); Varnum Continentals (about 600 feet away); Rhode Island State & National Guard Units (about 600 feet away); Varnum Memorial Armory (about 600 feet away); Kentish Guards Drill Field (about 700 feet away); The Marlborough Street Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Greenwich.
June 12, 1775 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bryan Simmons, August 2012
2. June 12, 1775 Marker
Kinda hard to see but it is on the lower right hand side of the building
Abraham Whipple image. Click for full size.
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3. Abraham Whipple
from Eminent Americans, by John Benson Lossing, 1857.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 944 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.   3. submitted on June 24, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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