The Newport Artillery (Company F of the Rhode Island Regiment) is one of the oldest military organizations in the country.
It is an independent company, and was chartered by the British Crown
With but three exceptions since that time (during the Revolutionary war, when Newport
was in possession of English and Hessian troops) the company has held annual meetings under the charter and elected officers, who consist of a Colonel and others connected with a regiment.
The names of Generals Greene
, of Revolutionary fame, Commodore Perry
, and other distinguished personages, are among the enrolled members of the company, which number between two and three thousand since its organization.
In their armory at Newport
they have an autograph letter from Gen. Geo. Washington
, written in 1792, thanking them for an invitation to be with them at their annual celebration on the 22d of February of that year, which is handsomely framed.
Of the fifty-two active members, forty-seven volunteered their services for the defence of the National Capital
when Governor Sprague
telegraphed to inquire the number of men they could furnish, and in a few hours the number was increased to one hundred and thirty-five by recruits.National Intelligencer, May 17