Newport Light Mitre Cap

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/15/2010

On October 28, 1774, the Rhode Island General Assembly chartered the Newport Light Infantry as a voluntary association of local citizens. These citizens wanted to form a company to obtain better military training than the colonial militia provided. The infantry, 100 strong, demonstrated its patriotic fervor and could be seen around Newport uniformed and armed. With the occupation of Newport by the British in 1776, the company ceased to exist.

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