Last Man of the Revolution

August 23, 2006

Revolutionary War Image

Private Samuel Downing has gone down in history as one of “The Last Men of the Revolution”.

According to descendants, at the time this photograph was made in 1864, Samuel Downing, was a centurian, and one of the six living soldiers from the Revolutionary War. This portrait of the old soldier was made by famed Civil War-era photographer Matthew Brady.

“DOWNING, SAMUEL” is a documented DAR Patriot Ancestor, #A034292. He was baptised on 1 December 1764, at NEWBURYPORT, ESSEX CO, MASSACHUSETTS and died on 18 February 1867, at EDINBURGH, SARATOGA CO, NEW YORK. He served as a Private from NEW HAMPSHIRE and received a pension for his services, #S40055. Samuel and Eunice GEORGE, his wife, lived in this house, and are buried in this cemetery.

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The image, Samuel Downing, was contributed by shsukatsfan. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.

Lieutenant Thomas Hardy

June 20, 2006


"Erected to the memory of Lieut. Thomas Hardy, who died July 25, 1816, age  60." Revolutionary War Veteran Grave, Town Cemetery – Dublin, New Hampshire

The image, Lieutenant Thomas Hardy, was originally uploaded by IntoTheLens. It is posted here from Neddy's flickr favorites.

Soldier’s Grave

June 18, 2006


Henry ELLIS was a soldier of the American Revolution. His gravesite is located at North Cemetery, Keene, New Hampshire.

The image, Henry Ellis, was originally uploaded by IntoTheLens. It is posted here from Neddy's flickr favorites.

Captain Samuel Rice

June 14, 2006


The gravestone of Samuel Rice (1751-1802) is at the Saint John's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It has a county marker designating him as "a veteran".

The image, Captain Samuel Rice, was originally uploaded by IntoTheLens. It is posted here from Neddy's flickr favorites.

Fort Constitution

April 8, 2006

“By the Dawn’s Early Light”

Fort Constitution, located in New Castle, New Hampshire is adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Piscataqua River.

Originally named Fort William and Mary, after the King and Queen of England, the site was first established in 1631. In December 1774, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth from Boston, Massachusetts to warn the colonists of British plans to reinforce the fort to protect its store of powder. The colonists however surrounded the fort and seized light cannon and 97 barrels of gun powder. Many consider the attack to be the first overt act of the Revolution, and it is believed that some of the supplies were used at the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Reuben Cummings Memorial

December 21, 2005


This Memorial is to Reuben Cummings, Merrimack, New Hampshire’s only Revolutionary War Casualty.

In Memoriam
Reuben Cummings
June 25, 1761 September 13, 1776
Merrimack’s Only Casualty of the American Revolutionary War
At age 14, enlisted as Minute Man
Fought at Battle of Bunker Hill june 17, 1775
Promoted to Drummer July 20, 1776
At age 15, he died and was buried
in the area of Fort Ticonderoga.

Memorial for Reuben Cummings — Merrimack’s only Revolutionary War Casualty . Originally uploaded by marcn.

Matthew Thornton Memorial

December 9, 2005

Matthew Thornton Memorial

Originally uploaded by marcn.

In memory of
Matthew Thornton
One of the signers of the
Declaration of Independence

Erected by the state of
New Hampshire upon a lot
and foundation presented
by the Town of Merrimack