Rhode Island Independent Military Organizations

The Rhode Island Independent Military Organizations (also known as the Chartered Commands of the Rhode Island Militia) are a group of independently-operated chartered militias in the state of Rhode Island, most of whose histories date back to the state's colonial and revolutionary history.[1] Under Rhode Island law, they are considered part of state's organized militia forces but are explicitly distinct from Rhode Island's National Guard, State Guard, and Naval Militia.[2][3] In the modern day, these organizations are largely ceremonial and educational in purpose, though are sometime called up for active civil service in minor capacities.[4]

Rhode Island Independent Military Organizations
Rhode Island Kentish Guards.jpg
Active1741–Present
Country United States
Allegiance Rhode Island
TypeSDFBranchInsigniaColor.jpg  State defense force
RoleMilitia
Honor guard
Historical reenactment
Commanders
Civilian LeadershipGovernor of Rhode Island
State Military LeadershipAdjutant General of the State of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Independent Military Organizations
Bristol Train of Artillery at the 2021 Bristol Fourth of July Parade
Pawtuxet Rangers at the 2021 Bristol Fourth of July Parade

List of Chartered OrganizationsEdit

ActiveEdit

DefunctEdit

  • First Light Infantry of Providence
  • Foster Artillery
  • Johnston Guards
  • Manville Light Infantry
  • Narragansett Guards
  • National Cadets of Providence
  • Providence Horse Guards
  • Providence Marine Corps of Artillery
  • Rhode Island Guard of Warwick
  • Rhode Island Guards No. 3 of Coventry
  • Rhode Island Horse Guards
  • Rifle Rangers of South Kingstown
  • Sea Fencibles of Providence
  • Washington Grenadiers
  • Wickford Pioneers
  • Woonsocket Guards

Sources: [6][7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Belmore, Ryan M. (May 26, 2017). "Artillery Company of Newport is Now Offering Tours of Their Military Museum". What's Up Newp. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Rhode Island General Laws Title 30 - Military Affairs and Defense, Chapter 30-4 Independent Military Organizations". Justia. 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Rhode Island General Laws Title 30 - Military Affairs and Defense Chapter 30-1 Militia Section 30-1-4 Classes of militia". Justia. 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Kentish Guards History". Kentish Guards. Archived from the original on 2020-04-03.
  5. ^ "Rhode Island General Laws Title 30 - Military Affairs and Defense, Chapter 30-4 Independent Military Organizations Section 30-4-5 Naval militia battalion". Justia. 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Rhode Island Militia Chartered Organizations: Active Members, 1843-1849". Rhode Island Department of State. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Rhode Island General Laws Title 30 - Military Affairs and Defense, Chapter 30-4 Independent Military Organizations Section 30-4-3 Allowances for maintenance of armories". Justia. 2019. Retrieved 25 February 2021.