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Battle of Rhode Island

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Alias: Battle of Quaker Hill; Siege of Newport
Date: August 29, 1778.
Location: Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island
Result: Tactically indecisive, British strategic victory
Belligerents: America, France, Great Britain


Continental Army and militia forces under the command of General John Sullivan were withdrawing to the northern part of Aquidneck Island after abandoning their siege of Newport, Rhode Island, when the British forces in Newport sortied, supported by recently arrived Royal Navy ships, and attacked the retreating Americans. The battle ended inconclusively, but the Continental forces afterward withdrew to the mainland, leaving Aquidneck Island in British hands.

The battle took place in the aftermath of the first attempt at cooperation between French and American forces following France's entry into the war as an American ally. The operations against Newport were to have been made in conjunction with a French fleet and troops; these were frustrated in part by difficult relations between the commanders, and a storm that damaged both French and British fleets shortly before joint operations were to begin.


The battle was also notable for the participation of the Category: 1st Rhode Island Regiment, Continental Army, American Revolution, a locally recruited segregated regiment of African Americans. It was the only major military action to include a racially segregated unit on the American side in the war. (1)


America and France

Commanders and leaders
John Sullivan - a 19th century portrait by A. Tenney
Nathanael Greene
Christopher Greene
Comte d'Estaing - portrait 1769, by Jean-Baptiste Lebrun
Strength: 10,100
Casualties and losses: 30 killed, 137 wounded, 44 missing

Great Britain

Commanders and leaders
Sir Robert Pigot - portrait by Francis Cotes
Francis Smith
Richard Prescott
Friedrich Wilhelm von Lossberg
Strength: 6,700
Casualties and losses: 38 killed, 210 wounded, 12 missing

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