Dr. Jeroen van den Hurk
The research presented in this report focuses on the military purposes of Dutch Island from 1860-1900. Located in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, Dutch Island was in a position to protect the bay and Newport Harbor from enemy attack. The first fortification on Dutch Island was called Camp Bailey which stationed the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery during the Civil War in 1863. After the Civil War, fortifications continued to be built at a slow pace until the 1880s, when the Endicott Board of Fortifications and the need to update coastal defenses to modern standards led to the implementation of several gun batteries and mine casemates on the island. Dutch Island became Fort Greble in 1898 and stationed Battery A of the US Artillery. Military uses and construction continued until World War I. Using information from archived newspaper articles, census records, and past research, this report details what life was like on Dutch Island during these periods of military use. Further research for the uses of Dutch Island before and after the time period of 1860-1900 is necessary for a comprehensive understanding of its history.
Celia, Claudia and Russell, Zachary, "Military Uses of Dutch Island From 1860 to 1900" (2023). Dutch Island. 1.
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