Rhode Island Civil War Era Graves -a photo essay

In December 2010, I had a business trip to New England. I was fortunate enough to have time to pay my respects to many Civil War veterans while in Rhode Island. During the Civil War, this small state would send over 25,000 of her boys, fathers and brothers to fight for the Union cause. Nearly 1,700 of them would die on distant battlefields, camps and hospitals. Several prominent officers are buried in Rhode Island including: Major General Ambrose E. Burnside, Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman, Major General Isaac I. Stevens, Major General Gouverneur Kimble Warren and Brigadier General Hazard Stevens*.

Swan Point Cemetery, in Providence, is one of the more beautiful cemeteries I’ve visited. Besides General Burnside, other Civil War notables are buried at Swan Point including Major Sullivan Ballou and Lieutenant Colonel Elisha Hunt Rhodes. I wrote a recent article on Ballou. You can read about him by clicking HERE.

I paid my respects to all of these soldiers, and many more. To view my photo essay, click on the following link.

Mike’s photo essay on Rhode Island Civil War Era Graves

* Hazard Stevens would become most well known for climbing Mount Ranier in 1870. His climb would be the first recorded ascent of this famous mountain.


About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to Rhode Island Civil War Era Graves -a photo essay

  1. Diane McLarney says:


    Thanks for posting this. I really enjoyed the pictures from Swan Point Cemetery. I was born in Providence, but adopted while a baby so I never lived there. It is always neat to see pictures from “my roots.”


  2. Diane,
    Thank you for your kind comments. I’m glad you enjoyed my photo essay from my visit to Rhode Island. Are you going to any of the sesquicentennial events at Manassas?

  3. Next time you are in New England I would like to invite you to visit the museum in Rockville, CT.

    Hank Cullinane
    Past Dept Commander
    CT Sons of Union Veterans

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