What does a veteran of the American Revolutionary War look like? Looks like Alexander Milliner, who lived long enough to serve in the Continental Army AND to have his photo taken.
Alexander Milliner (1760-1865) enlisted as a drummer boy who served in Gen. Washington’s Life Guard unit. He was reportedly a favorite of Washington’s, often playing at his personal request. He was present at the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth – where he was shot in the thigh after a bullet passed through his drum – Saratoga, White Plains, and Yorktown. At Yorktown, he witnessed Cornwallis’ surrender. Alexander went on to also serve in the United States Navy during the War of 1812 aboard the frigate Constitution.
Mr. Milliner remained patriotic until the end of his days, lamenting during the Civil War that it was “too bad that this country, so hardly got, should be destroyed by its own people.”