George Washington's Letter to the Artillery Company of Newport
Original still owned by the Company
The Artillery Company of Newport museum contains one of the most extensive collections of historic artifacts. The museum's most prized items are four 3-Pound bronze cannon cast by Paul Revere in his foundry in Boston in 1798 for the State of Rhode Island. The museum also has an extensive collection of military uniforms from such notables as: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Generals Abrams, Leominster and Westmoreland. Also, items from such foreign dignitaries as, the uniforms of the England's Prince Phillip, the late King Hussein of Jordan and the only remaining dress uniform of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
The museum boasts a collection of 15 cannon from the 1798 to WW II. In addition to the 4 Revere cannon, the museum has 3 original Civil War Cannon, 1 World War I cannon and 2 World War II pieces. The collection includes many interesting exhibits of historic artifacts of the State of Rhode Island including items belonging to Rhode Island Civil War general, Gen. Ambrose Burnside, for whom we get the term "sideburns", items from the Dorr Rebellion which occurred in the state in 1842, many items from the Artillery Company of Newport's 261 years of continuous service to the State of Rhode Island and much, much more.
The museum is located in the Company's Historic Armory, built in 1838, at 23 Clarke Street, Newport RI and is open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 2nd - end of October 2012 from 10:00am - 2:00pm and by appointment the rest of the year. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Civic, military and school groups are all ways welcome.Please come down and experience a bit of history!
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