In 1864 Rev. Elias Hillard, a Congregational Minister and erstwhile historian, embarked on a “do-or-die” mission. It was the last chance history would have to record by word or photos the last surviving soldiers of the American Revolutionary War.I remember these photos, but I can't put my thumb on where I saw them. I think it was from the July 1976 issue of National Geographic, back when Nat Geo was still cool. The July 2076 issue will probably show the same six men under the heading "BEHOLD THE GENOCIDAL RAPERS OF GAIA!"
Incredible though it may seem, six veterans who served in the Revolution were alive eighty-three years after British General Cornwallis surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown ending the War of Independence. Even more incredible is that, because of Rev. Hillard's efforts, photos of the six veterans are available in the historical record, the only photos of any of the War's soldiers.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The world turned upside-down...
...and these men were there to see it: