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Funded by a grant from the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program, this study delves into the technical, often forgotten, aspects of the Siege of Newport - a Revolutionary War engagement that took place in Middletown, RI in August 1778. It pairs the historical record with scientific analysis of the artillery, fortifications, geography and unforeseen circumstances that impacted the Siege. While much of the original earthen defense-works are now gone, there are a small number of sites that still exist. This study also covers what sites remain, their condition and thoughts on how to preserve and commemorate them.

Publication Date

Fall 2016


Salve Regina University


Newport RI


Siege, Fortifications, Cannon, Revolution, Middletown RI, Saintonge


Historic Preservation and Conservation | Military History | United States History

Siege of British Forces in Newport County by Colonial and French in August 1778



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