- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Salve Regina University students working with the Middletown Historical Society are using a $67,000 federal grant to research and map a Revolutionary War battle site in Middletown.

The project is being funded by a grant from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program. Salve Regina students will conduct most of the work. The project is expected to last through August 2017.

Salve students will conduct historical research and generate computerized mapping to overlay digital scans of historic maps onto modern aerial photos.

The project also will use ground-penetrating radar surveys to map what’s beneath the ground. The project’s aim is to detail the location of Colonial and British fortifications during the siege of Newport.

The 1778 battle was the first combined French-Colonial offensive of the war.

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