This is the original charter of the Rhode Island United Train of Artillery (UTA) written April 22nd, 1775, just 3 days after “the shot heard round the world” at Concord, MA, that began the U.S. fight for independence. After raising 80% of the funds through a grant, the document has gone through an extensive conservation process by one of the nation’s best conservators. It was also mounted by the same conservators, allowing it to be safely shared with the public.
The UTA became part of the Continental Artillery Regiment under the famous Henry Knox participating in several important campaigns and battles including Battle of Long Island and the Siege of Boston. This charter is one of the founding documents of the US military … a true American treasure.
Very soon, you will soon be able to see it on display at the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum.