"For our Country"

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The United Train of Artillery came into existence in 1774.  At that time, the company was called the Artillery Company of Providence.  In January of 1775 it was reorganized and five companies of fusiliers were added to make up the United Companies of Train of Artillery of Rhode Island.  The Commander of the Train was Col. Daniel Tillinghast and Major John Crane. The United Train of Artillery was ordered to Boston where they were involved in the Battle of Bunker Hill and Dorchester Hights. They were put into federal service and fought at Saratoga and the Battle of Long Island in 1776. When the Train sustained heavy loses, half of the unit were returned to state service and the other half left with John Crane which made up the 3rd Continental Artillery. After the Revolution War, the United Train of Artillery returned to Rhode Island and continued as a militia company. The UTA was activated both in the War of 1812 and the Civil War.  The United Train of Artillery existed until 1963 dissolving when their charter was revoked due to unfiled corporation papers. 

The United Train of Artillery was reformed in 1995.  In 1998 the Trainís charter was reinstated by an act of the Rhode Island Legislature .The United Train of Artillery is a member of the Rhode Island Historical Commands and the Continental Line.  The unit has two field pieces and is commanded by Capt. John S. Taber.