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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606350552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606350553
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Maureen Taylor is an internationally known expert on photo identification. She travels extensively giving presentations on photo identification, photo preservation, and family history. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NBC's Today Show, ABC's The View, and NPR.

Maureen Taylor is an internationally known expert on photo identification. She travels extensively giving presentations on photo identification, photo preservation, and family history. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NBC's Today Show, ABC's The View, and NPR.

Maureen Taylor is an internationally known expert on photo identification. She travels extensively giving presentations on photo identification, photo preservation, and family history. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NBC's Today Show, ABC's The View, and NPR.

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It gives me chills and blows my mind!
C. Henderson
This heroic effort brings real human faces to our understanding of earliest US history and offers personal details of often forgotten lives.
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The background information is well researched and presented in a readable format.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Breeze on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nowhere have I seen a table of contents. To help everyone out here it is:
Molly Ferris Akin
James Allen Jr
Nathaniel Ames
George Avery
Anna Warner Bailey
Daniel Frederick Bakeman
Amos Baker
Mary (Seeley) Batterson
Hannah (Paxson) Betts
Jesse Betts
Josiah Brown
Caesar
Noah Callender
Ezra Carpenter
Chainbreaker
Lemuel Cook
Samuel Curtis
George Washington Parke Custis
Elizabeth Cutler
Esther Damon
Simon Dearborn
Samuel Downing
Pierre Etienne DuPonceau
Ralph Farnham
Sarah (Stevens) Fellows
George Fishley
Albert Gallatin
John Gray
Dr Ezra Green
Josiah Walpole Hall
Jonathan Harrington
Conrad Heyer
Ebenezer Hubbard
Agrippa Hull
Margaret Timbrooke Hull
William Hutchings
Andrew Jackson
David Kinnison
John Kitts
Uzal Knapp
John Langdon
Enoch Leathers
Dr Jonathan Leonard
Morgan Lewis
Dolley (Payne) Madison
John McCrillis
Alexander Milliner/Maroney
Nikonah
Tirzah (Whitney) Palmer
Thomas Handasyd Perkins
William Plumer
Jeremiah Powell
Isaac Rice
Chief Sopiel Selmore
Six Aged Citizens of Bennington Vermont
Samuel Fay
David Smiley (possibly)
Isaac Snow
Clark Stevens
Flora Stewart
Jabez Huntington Tomlinson
Mary Hunt Palmer Tyler
Nicholas G Veeder
Nathan Walden Jr
Daniel Waldo
Abraham Wheelwright
John Williams
Huldah Welles Wolcott
Joseph Wood Jr
Sara "Sally" Sayward Barrell Keating Wood
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kat on August 14, 2010
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A very interesting presentation of early photographs,history and genealogy. People who lived through the revolutionary war and their children, also alive at the time, are the subjects of the history. The photographs are amazingly clear and easy to see. The background information is well researched and presented in a readable format. I thought it was well worth the price.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Edward D. Rockstein on August 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I can't be too objective about this book because my 4G grandfather, John Langdon, is featured on pages 94-95. The daguerreotype reproduced there I have seen in the collection of the New England Historical Genealogical Society Library in Boston and it is very well reproduced considering its age and condition. I have been working on genealogy and my Langdon line for years, yet, in the short, one page write up, I found several facts or sources that were new for me. I love it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Trish Short Lewis on June 30, 2010
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I got this book on Monday in the mail and have been devouring this ever since...simply amazing. Viewing these images and mini-biographies for each photo, along with my other book "American Insurgents, American Patriots", puts a whole new face (many faces, actually) to the birth of our nation - it wouldn't have happened without the ordinary man and woman...these unsung heroes are the true founding fathers and mothers!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Henderson on August 3, 2010
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I am totally mesmerized. I cannot stop looking into the faces of people who lived during the time of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. How unbelievable is it that photography was invented just in time to capture the faces of those who may have gazed upon the face of George Washington? It gives me chills and blows my mind!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 10, 2011
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Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that knocks your socks off, either due to the uniqueness of the subject matter or the quality of writing. THE LAST MUSTER, IMAGES OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR GENERATION is one such volume. Through dedicated research, author Maureen Taylor has collected ultra-rare photographic images of Americans of Revolutionary War vintage. After decades of seeing paintings, sketches and various illustrations of 18th Century Americans, to see actual photographs of men and women who helped found America is truly a wonderous experience.

The images found in THE LAST MUSTER depict over 70 Americans who lived during or served in the Revolutionary War. They include soldiers and sailors, women who served as nurses, loyalists, African Americans and native Americans as well as those who were children during the war. Incredibly some lived to be 100 or more years old!

While the images themselves - daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and carte de visites - are fascinating, Taylor also did extensive research on the people, enabling her to write extensive captions to accompany each image. Those captions detail not only the person's life but also reveal something of the individual themselves.

In short, I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book as much as I enjoyed THE LAST MUSTER. The subject is fascinating; the research, impeccable; and the final product, is a page-turner. Maureen Taylor's book is required reading for anyone interested in American history. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vane T. Lucas on March 10, 2011
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I purchased this book after reading excerpts in a recent issue of American Heritage magazine. I was fascinated by the idea - photographs of individuals who fought in the Revolutionary War. On the surface, this is an absurd idea. However, if some of them lived a LONG time, they would have lived into the age of photography. And that is exactly what this book contains -- pictures of people who took apart in the Revolution in their youth.

The pictures and descriptions are fascinating.

Highly recommended.
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