Maureen, of course, has written several books, including The Last Muster, which has photographs and stories of Revolutionary War soldiers and their families. amazingly, some of these soldiers survived for over 80 years after the end of the war, and had their pictures, or portraits, taken and it is these photographs that Maureen has collected and printed in her book. A second volume of The Last Muster will be published soon.
During the broadcast, Maureen noted that the "last" Revolutionary War soldiers lived well past 1860, which would mean an 18-year-old in 1783 would be age 95 in 1860, and 105 in 1870.
I did a search on Google using the search terms "last soldier" 'revolutionary war" and found several web sites that had pictures and descriptions of the "last soldier of the Revolutionary War, including:
1) Wikipedia lists four:
- Daniel Bakeman (1759–1869) — Claimed to be veteran and was awarded pension by Congress, though could not prove service.
- John Gray (1764–1868) — Last verifiable veteran although service period was too short for pension qualification.
- Samuel Downing (1764–1867)
- Lemuel Cook (1759–1866) — Last official veteran.