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 First Light Infantry Veteran Association Records

 Veteran's organization, Providence, R.I.

 Records, 1869-1940

 Size: 1.25 linear feet

 Catalog number: MSS 1007

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, September 1997

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            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. Many of its members served in the Civil War in the First Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, Companies C and D.

            The First Light Infantry Veteran Association was formed by vote of the Company in 1869. Its members were veterans of the Company dating back to 1818.

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Scope and content:

            This guide describes records of the Veteran's Association only. The R.I.H.S. also has a large collection of the First Artillery Company's records (see separate guide). There is also a related collection of First Regiment and First Battery Rhode Island Detached Militia Veteran Association Records, including many of the same members from the Civil War period. The Grand Army of the Republic Records give state-wide view of Civil War veterans.

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            The box of loose papers were donated in 1997 by Stuart Mowbray. The three volumes are of uncertain provenance, but are assumed to have arrived in 1972 with a large collection of First Light Infantry records donated by Nino Scotti. The 1972 accession numbers were written into the volumes in 1997.

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Volume 1. Constitution and roll book, 1869-1937

Volume 2. Minutes and scrapbook, 1869-1896

Volume 3. Minutes and scrapbook, 1896-1909

In box 1:

Folder 1. Minutes, 1909-1927. Loose and incomplete.

Folder 2. Membership book, 1878-1882

Folder 3. Membership book, 1881-1891

Folder 4. Necrology files, 1875-1878. Include detailed information on deceased members, including correspondence from family members.

Folder 5. Nominating committee, 1891-1918

Folder 6. Miscellaneous membership lists

Folder 7. Correspondence, 1878, re 100th anniversary of Battle of Rhode Island

Folder 8. Correspondence, 1924, re 100th anniversary of birth of Burnside

Folder 9. Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1869-1940

Folder 10. Printed announcements

Folder 11. Miscellaneous reports

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Rhode Island - Militia

Veterans - Rhode Island

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