Rhode Island Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore visits Butts Hill Fort

03/13/2023
The Battle of Rhode Island Association's logo and wordmark

RI Secretary of State Gregg Amore & Paul Murphy, of the Battle of Rhode Island Association on the Eastern Rampart. Photo by Arianna Conte
RI Secretary of State Gregg Amore & Paul Murphy,BoRIA on the Eastern Rampart. Photo by Arianna Conte.

On Tuesday March 7th, 2023, Rhode Island Secretary of State Gregg Amore paid a visit to Butts Hill Fort in Portsmouth RI. Secretary Amore was in Portsmouth for the Founder’s Day celebrations at Town Hall. Secretary Amore was escorted around by Butts Hill Fort Restoration Committee Director & Battle of Rhode Island Association Advisor Col Paul R Murphy, USAF (Ret) and town Historian Jim Garman. They toured the Eastern Ramparts looking towards Fort Barton in Tiverton and Howland’s Crossing.

A look atop the Southern Ramparts and they saw the view that General John Sullivan saw in August of 1778 when Butts Hill Fort was the command center during the Battle of Rhode Island. Secretary Amore, a former high school history teacher, said he had visited Butts Hill Fort over 20 years ago and that he recalled it was an adventure trying to find the site. BoRIA and the Butts Hill Fort Restoration Committee intend to rectify that situation in the future.

Paul Murphy & Secretary Amore on the Southern
Rampart of Butts Hill Fort. Photo by Arianna Conte
Paul Murphy & Secretary Amore on the Southern Rampart. Photo by Arianna Conte.

Dr. Murray Norcross brought Secretary Amore’s Director of Community Outreach Eileen Sweeney on a tour of the Northern Ramparts which were built by the British and redesigned by the French and overlooked the vital Bristol Ferry Crossing. Secretary Amore expressed support for BoRIA and the restoration of Butts Hill Fort. We extended invitations to the Secretary and his staff to upcoming events at the fort this summer.

From left to right, standing in a field with the flag of the thirteen colonies behind them, are Dr. Murray Norcross, Jim Garman, Sec. Gregg Amore, Paul Murphy, Jim
Stearns, Eileen Sweeney. Photo by Arianna Conte
From left to right: Dr. Murray Norcross, Jim Garman, Sec. Gregg Amore, Paul Murphy, Jim Stearns, Eileen Sweeney. Photo by Arianna Conte.

The mission of the RI250 Commission is to commemorate the 250th anniversary of events throughout history which influenced the ideals of freedom, equality, and independence in our country. Our purpose is to highlight and acknowledge the significant role Rhode Island has played in the formation of our nation as one of the original 13 colonies. Rhode Islanders will explore the intersection of all people who have impacted that history through coordinated events and curriculum that recognizes the many people who have inhabited these lands. https://rhodeisland250.org/

The Battle of Rhode Island Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to raising awareness of Rhode Island’s role in the War for Independence. Donations may be made payable to “BoRIA” at PO Box 626, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or by visiting:  https://battleofrhodeisland.org/donate/

Share this Article
Related Posts
Related Posts

On June 9th, W3R-DE President Bill Conley coordinated a ceremony at Mt. Zion Church in Newark, Delaware honoring the unsung...

Three graduate students met with W3R-DE leaders Peg Tigue and Bill Conley in the new Village Welcome Center before their...

Delaware Military Museum Staff presented Bill Conley, W3R-DE president, with a certificate recognizing his efforts in sharing the story of...