The Soldiers & Sailors Monument located in Kennedy Plaza is not the only Civil War memorial in Rhode Island. Many other towns and communities have memorials to honor those soldiers from their town who made the ultimate sacrifice to save our union. And that sacrifice was huge. Rhode Island sent more soldiers per capita to fight in the Civil War than any other state. Rhode Island may be small, but its residents knew the importance of keeping this young nation strong and united.
For those visiting Rhode Island with an interest in history, it is easy to visit other memorials within an easy drive of Providence. Start out on 195 and follow along the coast through Bristol, Warren, Barrington and end in Kennedy Plaza at Rhode Island’s monument, the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument in the heart of our capital city.
Prince’s Hill Cemetery on County Road in Barrington, Rhode Island has a 12 foot tall obelisk which was dedicated on Memorial Day 1905. 51 men from Barrington had fought in the war, but 11 never made it home.
North Burial Ground at 1081 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island has a 35 foot monument dedicated to soldiers in the Civil War in the section of the cemetery called The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Lot. Dedicated on Memorial Day in 1902, this monument is topped with a color bearer holding the flag in one hand and grasping his sword in the other, a pose reflecting the act of defending the colors.
Warren, Rhode Island has a small park with a monument that remembers soldiers from all wars. A quiet, peaceful square located on High Street, a plaque lists the name of soldiers from Warren who served in the Civil War, and acknowledges those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
If you’re a history buff and want to explore even more statues and monuments, check out our self-guided tour for other monuments around downtown Providence.
Source: Rhode Island Civil War Monuments, A Pictorial Guide by R.N. & Donna Chevalier