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A TRIBUTE TO THE SECOND RHODE ISLAND VOLUNTEERS
Company, "D"

THEY GALAVIZED FOR WAR AS COMRADES IN ARMS
AFTER THE FIRST BATTLE OF BULL RUN IN 1861
TOGETHER, RHODE ISLANDERS ANSWERED THE CALL
AND RETURNED HOME WHEN THE UNION CAUSE WAS WON

This site is dedicated to the men of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers; the men who lead them, and all the great Rhode Island Patriots among them who gave their lives during the Civil War, 1861 to 1865. They left home as boys. Those who returned home after four and a half years of war, returned as men of honor. And after the war, when they formed their Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic Veterans Posts, they remembered their fallen leaders and comrades by naming their GAR Posts in their honor.
IN HONOR OF THE FIRST RHODE ISLAND SOLDIERS TO RESPOND TO PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S CALL TO DEFEND THE NATION
THE AMERICAN FLAG OF COLUMBIA
AND PRESERVE THE UNION !


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~ TOGETHER WE STAND ~ ~ DIVIDED WE FALL ~

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THE MEN OF THE
SECOND RHODE ISLAND VOLUNTEERS

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

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  • WILLIAM J. BABCOCK
    Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company E, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry.
    Entered service at: South Kingston, Rhode Island on 6 June 1861, 1st enlistment ended 26 December 1863, re-enlisted 1 January 1864, mustered out 13 July 1865.
    Birth Place: Griswold, Connecticut, moved to Wakefield, Rhode Island.
    M.O.H. awarded for two acts of extreme heroism.
    Place and date: At Petersburg, Virginia, 2 April 1865.
    Date of issue: 2 March 1895.
    Citation: Planted the flag upon the parapet while the enemy still occupied the line; was the first of his regiment to enter the works.
    Buried at: Riverside Cemetery, High Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island.

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  • THOMAS K. PARKER
    Rank and organization: Corporal, Company B, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry.
    Entered service at: Providence, Rhode Island on 5 June 1861, wounded at the Battle of Winchester, Virginia, 19 September 1864, mustered out 13 July 1865.
    Birth Place: England, U.S. war time residence, Providence, Rhode Island.
    M.O.H. awarded for two acts of extreme heroism.
    First Place and date: At the siege and Battle of Petersburg, Virginia.
    Second Place and date: 2 April 1865, at The Battle of Sailor’s Creek, Virginia, 6 April 1865.
    Date of issue: 29 May 1867.
    Citation for: Planted the first Union Colors on the enemy's works at Petersburg under heavy fire. Rallying the regiment by saving and carrying the 2nd R.I. Regimental Colors over the creek after their attack had been broken and repulsed at Sailor’s Creek under heavy fire.

    COMMANDING OFFICERS

    ~ 6th CORPS ~ ~ DIVISION LEVEL ~ ~ BRIGADE LEVEL ~
    1861 ~ 1865

    SENIOR UNION ARMY COMMANDERS

  • 1861: Major General David Hunter’s Division, McDowell’s Union Army.

  • 1861: Rhode Island Governor ~ Brigadier General William Sprague & Colonel Ambrose E. Burnside’s “Rhode Island Brigade”.

  • 1862: Major General John Sedgwick’s 6th Corps, Union Army of the Potomac.

  • 1862: Major General Darius Couch’s 3rd Division of the 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac.

  • 1862: Brigadier General Francis L. “Frank” Wheaton’s (of Rhode Island) 1st Brigade, of the 3rd Division, of the 6th Corps, Union Army of the Potomac

  • 1863 ~ 1865: Major General John Sedgwick’s “6th Corps” (after Segdwick’s death at the Battle of the Wilderness, 1864, Major General Philip A. Sheridan’s 6th Corps), Union Army of the Potomac.

  • 1863 ~ 1865: Brigadier General (later Major General) Francis L. “Frank” Wheaton’s (of Rhode Island), 3rd Division, of the 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac.

  • 1863 ~ 1865: Brigadier Alexander Shaler’s 1st Brigade, of the 3rd Division, of the 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac.

  • SENIOR COMMANDERS OF THE 2ND REGIMENT 1861 ~ 1865

  • The Colonels of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers

  • Col. John Slocum organized the 2nd R.I. Volunteers in Providence (killed at the 1st Battle of Bull Run) 1861; Col. Frank Wheaton, promoted, 1862; Col. Nelson Vial, promoted, 1862; Col. Horatio Rogers, resigned his commission due to illnesses after the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863; Col. Samuel B. M. Read, took the men in the regiment back to Rhode Island who’s enlistment ran out in 1864; Col. Elisha Hunt Rhodes, last commander of the regiment from 1864 to 1865.

  • The Lt. Colonels & Majors of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers

  • Major Sullivan Ballou, helped Col. Slocum form the 2nd R.I. Volunteers (killed at the 1st Battle of Bull Run), 1861; Lt. Col. William H. P. Steere; Lt. Col. Nathan Goff, Jr.; Major Thorndike C. Jameson; Major Henry C. Jenks; Major Henry H. Young (later became Sheridan’s Chief of Scouts, killed after the war fighting Indians on the Rio Grande), a monument to Young still stands today in Kennedy Square, Providence.

  • ”COMING SOON”: LISTINGS OF COMPANY CAPTAINS & LIEUTENANTS OF
    THE 2ND REGIMENT RHODE ISLAND VOLUNTEER INFANTRY 1861 ~ 1865


    E-mail Sgt. Robert J. Howe for more information about becoming a member of the Rhode Island Reenactors Association and our events schedule. CorpsBadge Or e-mail Crpl. Ted Urbanski for more information about reenacting with the 2nd Rhode Island, Company D.

    Important Rhode Island Civil War Web Sites

    Elisha Dyer Camp No. 7, Rhode Island Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


    RI MOLLUS, Rhode Island State Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States


    RIGARCWM The Rhode Island Grand Army of the Republic-GAR Civil War Museum, Library & Research Center


    Arnold's Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery


    First Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, RIDM


    Battery F, 1st Regiment, Rhode Island Light Artillery


    The Governor Sprague Mansion Museum Cranston, Rhode Island


    Go here and scroll to get to the Major Sullivan Ballou 2nd Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, 1861, letter home to his wife Sarah, featured in the Ken Burns PBS series "The Civil War".



    This site is managed by: Gregg A. Mierka, Webmaster, c/o the Gen. Nathanael Greene Homestead Museum, at Spell Hall, Coventry, R.I.

    For more information about the 1st & 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, history, email Gregg A. Mierka Webmaster.
    All R.I. GAR Civil War Museum Home Pages were researched, written & Web-designed by Gregg A. Mierka

    Sources: Memoirs of Rhode Island Officers, 1868; RI GAR Encampment Proceedings 1868-1876; The 1893 R.I. Adjutant General's Report, by Elisha Dyer; All For The Union, by Robert Hunt Rhodes, 1985; and Union Blue, by Robert G. Carroon, 2001
    For information about the recent books cited, "All For The Union", contact R.H. Rhodes HERE and "Union Blue", contact R.G. Carroon HERE
    To get information about the Ken Burns PBS series, "The Civil War", featuring Rhode Islanders in the Civil War, click HERE at Florentine Films.

    Thank You Gentlemen

    ©All Rights Reserved 2004


    This Home Page is also dedicated to all the men of the Rhode Island Brigade who mustered in to service in April 1861 and completed their service in July 1861, and who fought in the First Battle of Bull Run after their enlistments had expired in July. More photos and information are pending. This Page is still under construction. Please keep checking to find out more about the men of the R.I. Brigade.

    Please contact Gregg Mierka, so we can assist you by answering your questions on becoming a member of the R.I. Grand Army of the Republic GAR Museum.

    CARRYING ON THE MEMORY OF THE OLD FELLOWS IN BLUE

    LEST WE FORGET

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    RHODE ISLAND'S OWN

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE & SUPPORT
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    Click the links in this table For:
    THE RHODE ISLAND HERITAGE HALL OF FAME
    The 2003 inductees of the R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame
    Thank you all for your support by contacting the R.I. Historical Society-R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame, and nominating both Generals A.E. Burnside and G.S. Greene to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.   Each year important Rhode Islanders, past & present, are selected.   Prior to November, 2003, "no" Rhode Island Civil War Veteran had ever been chosen.   To make nominations and suggestions or find out more, contact the offices of the "Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame" at 1445 Wampanoag Trl # 203 Riverside, RI 02915.   Your support helped to put an end to this oversight.   We are pleased to inform all our viewers that “12” important Rhode Island Civil War Veterans and nationally known Pre-Civil War Social-Political Activists were selected.
    Again thank you all for supporting the work we do.
    Huzah, the R.I. Reenactors Association, 2nd R.I. Volunteer Infantry, Co. D,
    (the Elisha Hunt Rhodes Company).
    Read about Rhode Islanders in the Civil War
    This link connects you to
    "Rhode Island's Own"
    &
    "RI MOLLUS War Papers"
    Civil War Biographies & Personal Narratives
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    GO TO THE R.I. MOLLUS WAR PAPERS OF ELISHA HUNT RHODES (THE FIRST CAMPAIGN OF THE 2nd R. I. INFANTRY) HERE

    Retern to the R.I. GAR, Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center Main Home Page

    Retern to the Battery A, 1st Regiment R.I. Light Artillery Unit Association of the GAR, Civil War Museum, Library and Research Center Home Page

    Retern to the Company D, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, R.I. Reenactors Association Main Home Page

    Retern to the R.I. SUVCW, Elisha Dyer Camp No.7, Home Page Directory

    Retern to the R.I. ASUVCW, Elisha Dyer, Auxiliary No.2, Home Page

    Retern to the R.I. State Commandery, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, R.I. MOLLUS, Home Page

    Retern to the Rhode Island Army National Guard Home Page

    Retern to the Governor William Sprague Mansion-Museum Home Page

    Retern to the Nathanael Greene Homestead-Spell Hall Museum Home Page


    We wish to thank Brother/Companion Keith G. Harrison, Past National SUVCW Commander-in-Chief and, current National SUVCW and MOLLUS Webmaster, as well as all the artists/musicians for the use of their music on all the pages in our site. A special thanks also to Keith Laurent for arranging and playing Jay Ungar's Ashokan Farewell ©1983 by Swinging Door Music-BMI Used by permission. All rights reserved.
    Thanks also to Robert Hunt Rhodes for allowing us to use some of his material about his ancestor, Elisha Hunt Rhodes and to Ken Burns for featuring E.H. Rhodes and our State's Civil War History in his PBS series on The Civil War. And a special thanks to Edwin Bearrs, Brian Pohanka, Jeff Shaara and Ron Maxwell for their support for Rhode Island Civil War History and raising the American conscience about the triumphs and tragidies of the Great War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1865.


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