Newport at War

Newport at War

On December 8, 1776, a British and Hessian force descended on Newport and began a three-year occupation of the city.  This threat had been looming for some time, and many fled with their livestock and moveable wealth to the mainland. Those who stayed, soldiers and civilians alike, endured harsh conditions and long, cold winters.

This exhibit explores the 1776-1779 British occupation of Newport as it was experienced on the ground through a diverse array of voices, from Hessian and British soldiers to ordinary citizens such as Mary Almy and John G. Wanton.

Image: "A Southwest View of Newport," 1795
Samuel King, artist; L. Allen, engraver
NHS Collection (91.35.1)