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BATTERY A
FIRST REGIMENT
RHODE ISLAND LIGHT ARTILLERY
HISTORY

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CARRYING ON THE MEMORY
OF THE
BATTERY A VETERANS AND VETERANS
OF THE
R.I. GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
RI GAR ARNOLD POST No.4

THEY TOOK THE FIELD TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY


Battery A History
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IN BEGINNING, 1861
THE JOHNNIES CALLED DOWN THE THUNDER
AT FORT SUMTER, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

IN THE END, 1865, THEY SUFFERED FOR THEIR ERROR
BECAUSE A LOUD PART OF THE THUNDER THEY UNLEASHED
WAS BATTERY A
FIRST REGIMENT RHODE ISLAND LIGHT ARTILLERY
THE RHODE ISLAND ARTILLERY RED LEGS

UNDER THE DIVINE PROTECTION OF ST. BARBARA
THE RED LEGS ALWAYS PREVAIL !

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      Battery A, of the First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, was one of the greatest State organized light (or field) volunteer artillery units enlisted for long term service at the outset of the American Civil War.   Throughout the War the unit was respected by Union and Confederate Officers alike as being as good if not better than most well trained Regular U.S. Army, Light Artillery Batteries, deployed in the field.   The Battery was first organized in Providence Rhode Island at the end of May 1861 by the young tenacious Captain J. Albert Monroe, who suggested to Governor William Sprague it might be wise to form a second Light Artillery Battery just in case the war lasted longer than 90 days.   The Governor understood he might have a problem since all units thus far mustered in the Rhode Island Brigade and sent to Washington were enlisted for only three months.   Sprague