Humpday History Highlight

George FishleyAn 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.”

3 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. formwiz

    That they lived to such an old age was almost unheard of in those days – the benefits of the labor-saving devices of the Industrial Revolution were just making themselves felt when they died.

    A real testament to their toughness. The man in the picture fought at Monmouth, where scores died of heatstroke and dehydration, in addition to the battle casualties.

    But I love the PC line from the article, “He was part the genocidal attack on Indians”. Do those idiots understand what the Iroquois did in New York in 1777 and ’78 (at the behest of the Limeys, of course)? They wiped whole regions clean of Americans – and the Iroquois were legendary for torturing prisoners. Washington was so outraged he ordered it stopped, no matter how many troops it took at a time when the Continental Army was extremely short-handed.

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  2. realwest

    Thanks a lot for this story and link Wyatt! Its just surprising to me that these 8 men had their “photographs” taken, although Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe lived into their 80′s or so and they fought and suffered and died for an IDEAL: that the governed should do the governing.
    Thanks again for this Wyatt!!

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