R 311
2019 -- S 0917
Enacted 05/23/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Sosnowski, Algiere, Valverde, Lombardi, and Felag
Date Introduced: May 23, 2019

     WHEREAS, Annually for the past 150 years, the Town of South Kingstown has held a
Memorial Day Parade to honor the memory of those brave service men and women who made the
ultimate sacrifice to protect and preserve the freedom and liberty we all cherish today; and
     WHEREAS, Originally called "Decoration Day," Memorial Day was born out of the
American Civil War, a period of immense pain and sacrifice for the entire nation; and
     WHEREAS, On May 29, 1869, South Kingstown Civil War Veterans and members of
Rodman Post 12 took part in a solemn procession, marching to the gravesite of Civil War Hero
and South Kingstown native, Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman of the Union Army; and
     WHEREAS, Brigadier General Rodman was born on August 12, 1822, in South
Kingstown. He had served as the President of the Town Council in South Kingstown and as a
member of the Rhode Island State Senate. Upon the start of the Civil War, he immediately
enlisted and received the rank of Captain with the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry Regiment. He then
saw combat in the First Battle of Bull Run, was promoted to the rank of Colonel with the new 4th
Rhode Island Infantry regiment and later fought in the battles of Roanoke Island, and New Byrne,
where his superior performance earned him a promotion to the rank of Brigadier General. After
the Battle of Fort Macon, General Rodman contracted typhoid fever and returned to South
Kingstown to convalesce; and
     WHEREAS, While in recovery, General Burnside wrote to General Rodman and
informed him of his desperate need for officers in the forthcoming Maryland Campaign. While
still ill, and against the advice of his doctors, General Rodman answered the call of duty to take
part in the Battle of South Mountain and, shortly thereafter, the momentous and crucial Battle of
Antietam, a vital and strategic Union victory that cost the lives of more than 12,000 Union
soldiers and 10,000 Confederate troops. Tragically, General Rodman perished while he was
racing on his horse in open field to warn his fellow commanders of an impending Confederate
attack; and
     WHEREAS, On May 27, 2019, the Town of South Kingstown will be holding its 150th
annual Memorial Day Parade to honor its native son, Brigadier General Isaac P. Rodman, and all
of the brave armed forces' men and women who have perished while in service to our nation and
in defense of our liberty and all the precious rights that make us a free nation; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the annual Memorial Day Parade in the Town of
South Kingstown on May 27, 2019; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to VFW Post 916, South Kingstown.