"With their usual ardor": Scituate, Rhode Island and the American Revolution


This detailed history is a tribute to the citizens of Scituate, Rhode Island, and their contributions to the American Revolution. The entire town contributed to the war effort through service and sacrifice. The Scituate Militia served with distinction and could always be depended upon. They responded to their country’s call in April 1775, saved Providence from capture in December 1775; helped drive the British out of Narragansett Bay in 1776, and faced the enemy in their own state in 1778. Scituate also contributed over one hundred men to the Continental Army through the Second Rhode Island Regiment. These men served with George Washington in such actions as New York, Red Bank, Valley Forge, Monmouth, Rhode Island, Springfield, and Yorktown. Those that stayed behind also contributed. The men made firearms and salt, and collected taxes for soldiers’ wages. The women made a variety of items for the soldiers and maintained farms and shops while their husbands were at war. Independence was gained, but at a terrible cost. In 1774, the population was 3,601. In 1781, it was 1,635. Illustrations, maps, a bibliography, and an index to names, places and subjects enhance the value of this work.

Robert Grandchamp

2006, 5½x8½, paper, index, 122 pp.

ISBN: 9780788440915