Hiram Cronk: Last American Veteran of the War of 1812

The above video is of the funeral in 1905 of Hiram Cronk, last surviving veteran of the War of 1812.  On August 4, 1814 at the age of 14, Cronk enlisted with his father and two brothers in the New York Volunteers.  He participated in the defense of Sackets Harbor.  He was mustered out on November 16, 1814.  Cronk worked as a shoemaker and he and his wife had seven children.  At the time of his funeral 25,000 people came out to pay their respects to him, the last link with what some have called our Second War for Independence.

Published in: on November 6, 2019 at 5:22 am  Comments Off on Hiram Cronk: Last American Veteran of the War of 1812  
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