The last surviving soldiers of American’s War for Independence were captured on film in 1864.
When the Reverend Elias Hillard and photographer Nelson August Moore set out in 1864 to take pictures of the last surviving veterans of the Revolutionary War, they knew time was running out. In the end they succeeding in producing the only photographic record of soldiers from the War for Independence.
Their six subjects ranged in age from 100 to 105 – an amazing fact considering that the life expectancy at that time was about 40 years at the time. Their stories and picutres can be found in Hilliard’s book, The Last Men of the Revolution.
It seems incredible that these photos could exist, but all of the men all enlisted at a very young age, and lived exceptionally long lives in order to be alive during the Revolutionary War and the eve of the Civil War. Here are their images, courtesy of the Library of Congress: