Newport Light Infantry Miter Cap
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Newport Light Infantry Miter Cap

Date: 1774
Catalog #: 1978.2186.01    Accession #: 1978.2186
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 10" H x 8.25" W x 8.25" D

Physical Description

Jacked leather with a painted front plate. At the top of this miter is the motto , “Hope.” Below is the monogram “CR” for Colony of Rhode Island flanking a Rhode Island anchor. In the center of the plate is a female figure labeled “America” standing on a broken chain and a belt bearing the inscription, Patria cara, carior Libertas or Nation is dear, but Liberty dearer.

Specific History

On 28 October 1774 the Rhode Island General Assembly chartered the Newport Light Infantry as a voluntary association of local citizens. These citizens wanted to form a company to obtain better military training than the colonial militia provided. The Infantry, 100 strong, demonstrated its patriotic fervor and could be seen around Newport uniformed and armed. With the occupation of Newport by the British in 1776, the company ceased to exist

General History

A miter is a ceremonial, peaked headdress.


Country: United States
State: Rhode Island
War: War of American Independence
Service: Militia