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    Posted 3 years ago

    scottvez
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    At the time of the Civil War, an effort was made to photograph and document surviving veterans of The American Revolution.

    The resulting work, Last Men of the Revolution was published in 1864 by Reverend E. B. Hillard. The book documented the six surviving veterans in the Northeast.

    One of those veterans was Daniel Waldo. Waldo was drafted into the Connecticut Militia in April of 1779. He was captured while on guard duty on Christmas Day and spent two months as a British prisoner.

    After his War service, Waldo went to Yale University (1788) and then became a Minister. He was the Chaplain for the US House of Representatives from 1856- 1864. He died in 1864 at the age of 101!

    This particular view of him was unpublished-- there is a similar standing shot, and this was probably taken at the same sitting.

    Of particular interest is the period ink ID on this example-- giving the date and Waldo's birth.

    There is considerable online information on Waldo and the others documented in the book.

    Reproduction of this image is prohibited without permission.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      That's really fascinating!
    2. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks again scott-- appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

      scott
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Just a question about the term ‘Father’ …. a reference to being a father of the Revolution, rather than any religious connotation ???
    4. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Not certain, but I believe it is a religious reference. Waldo was a minister, but I am not sure of the denomination.

      scott
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      I was unaware that the revolutionaries drafted men. Interesting.
    6. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      I wasn't aware either and looked it up.

      The draft is older than the country-- some colonies used it in the French and Indian War.

      scott
    7. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks much ben and gatekeeper.

      scott
    8. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks watch, fort, 33 and buss.

      scott
    9. Agoeme, 2 months ago
      Daniel Waldo's story is truly inspiring. It's incredible to see a photograph of someone who lived through such pivotal moments in our country's past. The American Revolution holds a special place in my heart, and I recently found https://papersowl.com/examples/american-revolution/ with some insightful essays. They provided a deeper understanding of the Revolution's impact. Waldo's journey embodies the spirit of resilience and commitment to a greater cause. Thanks for sharing this glimpse into the past—it's moments like these that make history come alive!

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