An enterprising author has compiled photos of Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War. The book may be the first of its kind.
Images of Americans who fought in the Revolution are exceptionally rare because few of the Patriots lived until the dawn of practical photography in the early 1840s.
These early photographs – known as daguerreotypes – are exceptionally rare camera-original, fully-identified photographs of veterans of the War for Independence – the war that established the United States.
Take George Fishley, for example:
A soldier in the Continental army. When the British army evacuated Philadelphia and raced toward New York City, his unit participated in the Battle of Monmouth. He was part the genocidal attack on Indians who had sided with the British, a march led by General John Sullivan through ‘Indian country,’ parts of New York and Pennsylvania.
Fishley was a famous character after the war in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he lived and was known as “the last of our cocked hats.”
Remarkable. The photos, and the accompanying stories, can be found in Joseph Bauman’s book, “Don’t Tread on Me: Photographs and Life Stories of American Revolutionaries.”