The American Revolutionary War started in 1775 and ended when the British were finally defeated on 11 April 1783 – more than 231 years ago. Amazingly, some of the men who fought in the war lived long enough to have their photographs taken.

Some of the men were alive in the 1860s, allowing them to be photographed using early techniques such as daguerreotypes which became popular in the preceding decade.

In 1864, Reverend EB Hillard published The Last Men of the Revolution, a 64-page book of photographs of six Revolutionary War veterans and their stories. Photos of other veterans have since emerged.