By the time the camera became commonplace enough to be photographed, most of the Revolution fighters had passed away. The gentlemen in these photographs are elderly, but when they fought the British, they were very young – at most 16 years old. They represented the last Americans who had actually helped to win our independence.
The faces of Lemuel Cook and Daniel Waldo are particularly interesting, because of how sharp they still look. (Lemuel Cook was said to be 105 years old in the photograph.) Their faces are certainly worth studying, but who knows what these grand old gents did or didn’t recall when these images were captured?