By FLO JONIC
PROVIDENCE, RI –
Rhode Island's Role in the Civil War
Rhode Island may be a tiny state, but it played an outsized role in the Civil War to mark the sesquicentennial. Rhode Island Public Radio's Flo Jonic spent five months digging into historical documents to reveal the state's role in the Civil War. She discovered that Rhode Island provided more soldiers per capita than many northern states, provided desperately needed manufactured goods, and surprisingly had one of the lowest casualty rates in the Union. We felt it was important for Rhode Islanders to know of their ancestors' role in the war.