1st Rhode Island Regiment Timeline
8 May 1775
The 1st Rhode Island Regiment is raised.
The Rhode Island Assembly decides to allow enslaved Black and Native American men to enlist in the Continental Army, in exchange for their freedom.
14 May 1781
The 1st Rhode Island Regiment is ambushed by a Loyalist militia at the Battle of Pine Bridge; Colonel Christopher Greene is killed along with a major and 8 Black soldiers.
25 Dec 1783
The 1st Rhode Island Regiment is disbanded at Saratoga, New York, after over eight years of service.
The Rhode Island Assembly passes an act promising financial support to any African-American veteran of the Continental Army who needs it.