The Last Revolutionary War Veteran

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Captain George Fishley (not a zombie) one of the few veterans to attend the opening of the Bunker Hill monument in 1843.

The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Blog has an interesting post about the search for the last Revolutionary War veteran during the late 19th century.  These remaining veterans were tracked by using Revolutionary War pension records.  After Samuel Downing died in 1867 in New York State at the age of 100-106 (see his death notice in the Columbia, SC Daily Phoenix) many presumed that there were no veterans left.  But when others surfaced and in 1871 the Daily Phoenix stated that there were still two left but one had been struck from the pension records because of the Civil War and that unnamed person lived in New Bern, North Carolina.

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