On the Map : Siege of Newport and Battle of Rhode Island

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Maps are wonderful primary sources. I have begun collecting as many Revolutionary Era maps as I can. The Clinton Collection of the Clement Library and the Collection of the Library of Congress have some maps that help us understand the actions in the Siege of Newport and the Battle of Rhode Island. The Huntington Library Map of North Portsmouth helps us to understand a British perspective of the battle. I will post more as I find them. I urge you to go to the embeded URL to go to the map directly and use the zoom feature to travel around the map. It is in examining the map close up that we find our most intriguing information.

Fage August 1778 British Defenses (Clement Library- Clinton Collection)


Plan of the Works – Fage- Defense of Newport – Clinton Collection of Clement Library


Fage – After the Battle: 29 August – Clinton Collection – Clement Library


Huntington Library Map after Battle


Attacks upon Rhode Island, Augt. [1778] Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/gm71000685/.
Library of Congress: Attacks Upon Rhode Island

Butts Hill Fort on the Map


We are collecting maps and blueprints that give us an image of Butts Hill Fort. If you have one to add to our collection, let me know, we would be happy to have it. Maps and diagrams are such an important primary source and we can learn from them.

1849 Hammett Map
Plan von Rhode Island, und deren dem comando des Herrn General Majors Presgott inf dies-malig befundlichen campements.

Schiffer, J. C. 1777
Created / Published
Subject Headings
Rhode Island (R.I. : Island)–Defenses–Maps, Manuscript–Early works to 1800
[Plan de la ville, du port, et de la rade de New-port et Rhode Island. Debarquement en 1780.
Huntington Library Map – British 1778
Map drawn by Frederick Mackenzie, Summer 1778
Lawton Map circa 1907