Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War

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The smallest state to defend the Union and one far from the battlefront, Rhode Island's stories of the Civil War are often overlooked. From Brown University's John M. Hay, later to become Lincoln's assistant secretary, to the city of Newport's role as the temporary headquarters for the U.S. Naval Academy, the Civil War history of the Ocean State is a fascinating if little-known tale. Few know that John Wilkes Booth visited Newport to meet his supposed fiancee just nine days before he assassinated President Lincoln. The state also contributed several high-ranking officers to the Union effort and, more surprisingly, two prominent officers to the Confederacy. Remarkably, Kady Southwell Brownell also openly served as a soldier in a Rhode Island infantry regiment. Join author Frank L. Grzyb as he investigates Rhode Island's rich Civil War history and unearths century-old stories that have since faded into obscurity.
ISBN: 9781626192317
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Rhode Island
Series: Civil War
Images: 69
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Frank Grzyb is a decorated combat veteran and author of several military history books. His work has been featured in America's Civil War, Civil War Monitor, and The Civil War Times. He is a member of the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
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