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 First Machine Gun Battery Records


Militia unit, Providence, R.I.

 Records, 1885-1930

 Size: 1 linear foot

 Catalog number: MSS 673 sg 10

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, September 1997

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            This battery was formed in 1885 as a platoon in Company B in the First Regiment of the Rhode Island militia. It later became the only independent machine gun battery in the nation, reporting directly to the Brigadier General of the state militia. The Battery was not called up for active duty during the Spanish-American War, but many of its members did serve in the U.S. regiments during the war. The company remained active through at least 1902. In 1918, the Gatling Gun Association of Rhode Island was formed for veterans of the Battery who served before 1898.

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            Five volumes arrived from the Gatling Gun Association in 1943 via their secretary Edward W. Husband. The remainder probably arrived as a gift from Nino Scotti in 1972.

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Drill reports, 1901-1902

Orders letter book, 1885-1891

Orders letter book, 1892-1894

Orders letter book, 1895-1906

Minute and record book, 1889-1894. Also Gatling Gun Association records, 1918-1930.

Descriptive roll, 1885-1894

Descriptive roll, 1899-1901

Roll book, 1885-1893

Roll book, 1893-1896

Roll book, 1896-1900

Roll book, 1901-1902

Orders received, 1879-1890

Rifle scores, 1894-1897

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Gatling Gun Association of Rhode Island

Machine-gun drill and tactics

Rhode Island Military Papers

Spanish-American War, 1898

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