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A scene showing the Siege of Rhode Island in 1778 from The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle. Comes with accompanying text describing the events leading up to, and the battle itself.
The Battle of Rhode Island, August 29, 1778, also known as the Battle of Quaker Hill and the Siege of Newport was an important battle within the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). The battle is noteworthy as one of the first within the war to see the combined American-French forces, following France's entry into the war as an ally of America. The battle was also notable for the participation of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, which consisted of American Indians, African Americans, and White colonists. American forces, under the command of Major General John Sullivan, had been besieging the British forces in Newport, on Aquidneck Island. When they finally abandoned their siege and were withdrawing to the northern part of the island the British forces, led by Sir Robert Pigot, then reconvened, supported by recently arrived Royal Navy ships, and attacked the retreating Americans. The battle ended inconclusively, but the American forces withdrew to the mainland and left Newport, and Aquidneck Island, in the hands of the British.
Condition: Vertical folds as issued. Red ink staining to sheet edges from original fore-edge painting. Light toning and foxing to sheet.