Rhode Island Monument
Authorized in 1902, the Rhode Island monument was erected on the prison site near the Wisconsin Monument. Dedication ceremonies were held 30 April 1903.
The monument is rather modest in size, carved from the best Westerly granite. The top front contains the state coat of arms and bronze plates on each face bear the names of the 74 soldiers buried in the National Cemetery. It is of interest to note that one of the names listed is that of Charles F. Curtis, 5th RI Heavy Artillery; one of the notorious Raiders, hanged by the other prisoners.
Did You Know?
A cell from the Hanoi Hilton (Vietnam War prison) has been re-constructed in the National Prisoner of War Museum. Known also as the Hoa Lo Prison, it was built by the French around 1900 to hold Vietnamese political prisoners. During the Vietnam War, the prison held United States servicemen who faced horrific conditions and torture while imprisoned there.