Last Updated on September 20, 2021 by Constitutional Militia
As in the other Colonies, in Rhode Island “times of general alarm” were “when the whole military force of th[e] state shall be ordered upon duty together, and at the same time”.
During “alarms”, Rhode Island required all able-bodied free men from sixteen to sixty years of age to muster in defense of their Towns and the Colony as a whole. Those from sixteen to fifty years of age were listed in the Trained Bands, whereas those from fifty to sixty years of age were separately designated “the Alarm List”:
• [1718, 1730, and 1744] “That upon any Alarm in time of War, or other eminent danger of any Assault or Invasion, all Male Persons, both Listed Soldiers and others in this Colony, of and between the Age of Sixteen Years and Sixty, shall upon notice of the same, forthwith Repair to the Colours and Ensigns of such Company, within whose Precincts they Inhabit or dwell, provided with Arms & Ammunition required of Trained Soldiers upon Training Days[.]