The Veterans of 1776
I wish I had stumbled on this collection in time to post on Memorial Day, but I thought folks would be interested in this project. The first attempt to photograph Revolutionary War Veterans was undertaken in 1864, and six men were found and photographed while they still lived.
In 1976, Joseph M. Bauman began a 30-year project to analyze daguerreotypes and research the history of the subjects, to identify other veterans of 1776. Bauman wrote a book, “Don’t Tread On Me” that includes some of the stories behind the photographs.