Rhode Tour is a free mobile application and website that features several historically and humanities-themed tours and stories from around the state using multi-media such as photographs and videos.  Rhode Tour features a tour of downtown Providence, which includes a stop at Burnside Park, home of a commemorative statue of Rhode Island native and Civil War hero Ambrose Burnside.

To read about the early publications about the Civil War and the publications of soldiers’ personal accounts, read this article.

For more information about the men who sacrificed their lives for the Union and for some transcribed letters sent to families of killed solders, read here.

This essay has information about more of Rhode Island’s women who went into battle

This essay provides more information about some of the first Rhode Island volunteers to fight in the Civil War.

Check out Ray McKenna’s essay, “Invisible: The Spouses of the 14th RI Heavy Artillery (Colored).”

This ten-minute video produced by WSBE, Rhode Island’s local PBS station, explains Rhode Island’s role in the Civil War.

The Library of Congress has numerous photographs and other depictions of Rhode Island soldiers that fought in the Civil War.


Relevant Articles from the Rhode Island History Journal

Carpenter, George Bradford.  “War and Other Reminiscences.”  Rhode Island History 47 no. 4 (November 1989):   115-147.

Edwards, Knight.  “Burnside:  A Rhode Island Hero.”  Rhode Island History16 no. 1 (January 1957):  1-22.

Ferguson, Cynthia Comery.  “The Providence Marine Corps of Artillery in the Civil War.”  Rhode Island History 60 no. 2 (Spring 2002):  55-66.

Grefe, C. Morgan. “Sourcing a Rhode Island Legend.” Rhode Island History Journal 70 no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2012): 31-43.

Morgan, Claude M.  “Mutiny at Camp Hubbard.”  Rhode Island History 30 no. 4 (November 1971):  136-141.

White, Frank F., Jr.  “A Soldier Writes His Congressman:  The Civil War Letters of Livingston Scott to Thomas A. Jenkes.”  Rhode Island History 18 no. 4 (October 1959):  97-113.


Suggested Field Trips and Locations of Note

The Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center houses a large number of Civil War archives, particularly military records.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Kennedy Plaza commemorates 1700 Rhode Island soldiers who fought in the Civil War by listing their names.

The Varnum Memorial Armory Museum in East Greenwich has representative examples of weaponry, uniforms and artifacts dating from colonial America and through the 20th century.