Portsmouth in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
The Black Regiment
Battle of Rhode Island
R. Island Regt.
August 29, 1778.
In honor of
the first Black slaves
and freemen who fought in
the Battle of Rhode Island
as members of the
First Rhode Island Regiment
The Black Regiment
Erected 1976 by Newport, Rhode Island Branch, NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People], Bicentennial Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Military • Native Americans • Notable Events • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list.
Location. 41° 36.082′ N, 71° 15.517′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Road (Rhode Island Route 114) and Rhode Island Route 24 on West Main Road. Marker is on Aquidneck Island (officially "Rhode" Island) and is accessible Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth RI 02871, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The 1st Rhode Island Regiment and the Battle of Rhode Island (a few steps from this marker); Site of the Battle of Rhode Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Garden of New England (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of Rhode Island 1778 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Butts Hill Fort (approx. one mile away); Portsmouth Compact (approx. 1.9 miles away); W 3 R (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Barton (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Regarding The Black Regiment. The marker is located on part of the only Revolutionary War battlefield in the State of Rhode Island, a National Historic Landmark since 1974. Fought to an impasse and known as both the "Battle of Rhode Island" and the "Battle of Quaker Hill," it was an unsuccessful effort by the Continental Army (supported by the French Navy) to expel the British forces then occupying Aquidneck.
Among the eight Continental Regiments engaged in this battle was the 1st Rhode Island Regiment which was then composed mostly of Black soldiers, both freemen and ex-slaves who were granted their freedom in return for serving in the state's hastily mustered militia.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Rhode Island. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. 1st Rhode Island Regiment. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. "Deeds of Desperate Valor": The First Rhode Island Regiment. (Submitted on March 30, 2009.)
4. The Battle of Rhode Island. "...the First Rhode Island acquitted itself well, repulsing three separate and distinct charges from 1,500 Hessians under Count Donop. They beat them back with such tremendous loss that Count Donop at once applied for an exchange, fearing that his men would kill him if he went into battle with them again, for having exposed them to such slaughter." (Submitted on March 30, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,423 times since then and 76 times this year. Last updated on June 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on April 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 2. submitted on October 16, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on April 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on October 16, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on April 14, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.