Few People Know Rhode Island Has Its Own Militia That Dates Back To The Revolutionary War

The Kentish Guards have been around Rhode Island since they were formed in 1774. The elite guard was chartered to protect East Greenwich from the Tories, and they are still here today. You may have even seen the drum and bugle corps marching in area parades! The Kentish Guards have served honorably in the Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, The Dorr Rebellion, The Civil War, and The Spanish American War. Today, they are called upon by civic, state, and educational organizations for patriotic and ceremonial duties. The Kentish Guards also participate in the annual cannon and musket competition held for militia companies.

You can find the Kentish Guards and the historic Armory at 1174 Armory St., East Greenwich. If you didn’t know this militia existed, check out a few other things you may not know about the history of Rhode Island or these places in our state that helped shape United States history.