WILLIAM HUTCHINGS Enlisted at age 15 for the coastal defense of his home state, New York. Writes Hillard in The Last Men of the Revolution, 'The only fighting which he saw was the siege of Castine, where he was taken prisoner; but the British, declaring it a shame to hold as prisoner one so young, promptly released him.'
Alexander Milliner ALEXANDER MILLINER Enlisted as a drummer boy who served in Gen. Washington’s Life Guard unit. He was a favorite of Washington’s, often playing at his personal request. Was at the British surrender at Yorktown: 'The British soldiers looked down-hearted. When the order came to "ground arms," one of them exclaimed, with an oath, "You are not going to have my gun!" and threw it violently on the ground, and smashed it.'
Lemuel CookWitnessed the British surrender at Yorktown, the event that guaranteed American independence. Of the event, he said, 'Washington ordered that there should be no laughing at the British; said it was bad enough to surrender without being insulted. 'The army came out with guns clubbed on their backs. They were paraded on a great smooth lot, and there they stacked their arms.'
DR. ENEAS MUNSON As a teenager, he helped care for the wounded in his hometown of New Haven, CT, after the British invaded. Commissioned as a surgeon’s mate when he was 16 yrs old, shortly before he graduated from Yale. In 1781 he was part of Gen. Washington’s great sweep to Yorktown, VA, which led to Gen. Cornwallis’ surrender & American victory of the Revolution. Gave up medicine after the war & became a wealthy businessman.
SIMEON HICKS A Minuteman from Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Hicks mobilised with his unit and helped seal off a British garrison in Boston after the Battles of Lexington and Concorde . He served several short enlistments and fought in the Battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777. After the war Hicks became something of a local celebrity and lived out his final years in in Sunderland, Vermont. He was the last person alive to have seen the Battle of Bennington.
PETER MACKINTOSH was a 16-year-old apprentice blacksmith in Boston working on the night of Dec 16, 1773 when a group of young men rushed into the shop, grabbed ashes from the hearth & rubbed them on their faces. They were among those running to Griffin’s Wharf to throw tea into the harbor as part of the Boston Tea Party that started the Revolution. Mackintosh later served in the Continental Artillery as an artificer, a craftsman attached to the army who shoed horses and repaired cannons.
Rev. Levi Hayes A fifer in a CT regiment & was at West Point to protect it from an impending attack. He also participated in a skirmish at the border of Westchester Co., NY, & the sw corner of CT). In the early years of the 19th century, he helped organize a religiously-oriented land company that headed into the wilderness of what was then the West. They settled Granville, Ohio, where he was treasurer & a deacon in church. His daguerreotype shows him holding a large book, most likely a Bible.
JAMES HEAD Joined the Continental Navy at age 13 & was a midshipman aboard the frigate Queen of France. Taken as a POW, he was released at Providence, RI. Head was deaf in one ear & had hearing loss in the other from the cannons’ concussion. Settling in a remote section of MA that later became Maine, he was elected a delegate to the MA convention in Boston that was called to ratify the Constitution. When he died he was the richest man in Warren, ME
GEORGE FISHLEY 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.'
JONATHAN SMITH Fought in the Battle of Long Island on August 29, 1778. His unit was the first brigade that went out on Long Island, and was discharged in December after a violent snow storm. After the war he became a Baptist minister. He was married three times and had eleven children. On October 20, 1854, he had a daguerreotype taken to give to a granddaughter. He died on Jan 3, 1855.
Israel Putnam Born: 7-Jan-1718 Birthplace: Danvers, MA Died: 29-May-1790 Location of death: Brooklyn, CT Cause of death: unspecified Remains: Buried, Putnam Monument, Brooklyn, CT Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Occupation: Military Nationality: United States Executive summary: Revolutionary War general Military service: Continental Army (Maj. Gen.)