Posted By:Anthony McPherson
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Subject:Re: Old Men in the Revolutionary War..
Post Date:June 04, 2011 at 13:19:15
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As for the Militias, there often was an "official" cut off age, but I have read account after account of British officers being totally dumbfounded by the advanced years that many of the colonial dead, wounded and captured were. The only thing that surprised them as much was the age (or lack there-of) of the youth right next to the very old soldiers. I had one ancestor that died in the hospital of wounds during the Revolution, and he was almost 80 years old. Granted, he was probably an "exception to the rule", but I'm sure that he wasn't the only one in that situation.