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Did you know that 6 Revolutionary War veterans were photographed in 1863 to help bolster the Union spirit during the Civil War?  The biographies of these soldiers were never properly vetted due to the interviewer’s patriotic agenda and the faded memories of the soldiers themselves.  Through long research by noted author and historian Don Hagist, the stories of these men come to life and show the inaccuracies and their first published stories, but shows that these men did serve in the war that gain us our independence.

Join us on Monday, January 9th as Don Hagist comes all the way from Providence, Rhode Island to talk about his book “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs. During the Civil War that threatened to tear the United States apart came the realization that only a handful of veterans of the American Revolution still survived—men who had fought the war that created the nation.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Six of these men were photographed and interviewed for a book by Reverend E. B. Hillard that appeared late in 1864. Their images have captivated generations since then; but—through a combination of faded memories and the interviewer’s patriotic agenda—the biographies accompanying these amazing photographs were garbled and distorted, containing information that ranged from inaccurate to implausible.Revolutions Last Men

Now for the first time the military careers of these men have been researched in detail using a wide range of primary sources. The result is a new perspective on the actual service of these soldiers, from enlistment to discharge, along with new details of their relatively quiet postwar lives. The Revolution’s Last Men presents the original biographical interviews published in 1864, pension depositions and other first-hand accounts given by each man later in life, and an up-to-date biography examining each soldier’s service and discussing the inaccuracies and uncertainties of the previously published accounts. To complement the photographs taken in 1864, original drawings depict the men as they may have appeared when they were soldiers, using current research on military artifacts and material culture. Also included are additional photographs of some of the men that were not part of the 1864 collection but taken when their status as the last known survivors of the American Revolution made them celebrities. While the photographs of these aged veterans continue to inspire, this book puts their service into perspective and allows these men to be appreciated for who they really were and for their great and unique service to their country.

Don HagistDon N. Hagist is an avid historical researcher and has spent much of his life studying and researching the history of the American Revolution, focusing on the British soldiers who served in America during that war. Besides several books, he has published numerous articles on the subject. He gives lectures in America and Great Britain, and is available for speaking engagements.
Don is an engineering consultant, and also writes humor material for cartoonists whose work appears in national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

2015 Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day

Heritage Day Paoli Battlefield Sept 19 2015

Join us on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 as we enjoy our 3rd annual Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day.  We will have as our centerpiece the American Military Timeline starting at the French and Indian War and going through to present day.  With the help of our friends from Historical Military Impressions  see re-enactors from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Civil War, The Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the National Guard representing today’s troops in camps and displaying the dress and items they carried into battle.  Interact with the soldiers, see the weapons they used and learn about the clothing and other gear that these soldiers needed to outfit themselves on the battlefield.  Live firing exercises will take place throughout the day, as well as many other programs.

Join the soldiers as they march into camp at 11:00am and then visit each of the camps.  Learn about many of our local historical sites, learn crafts with special demonstrations, and buy goods from the craftspeople that will be at the battlefield.  Author Bruce Mowday and Michael Harris will be signing their books for purchase and donating their proceeds to the battlefield.  See Ben Franklin demonstrate his great inventions.  We’d like to thank our food vendor Cafe Buno which will be selling food and drinks to everyone.  Our good friends at the  Colonial Plantation and East Goshen Township will have kids crafts and games to share with the family.  Take a family keepsake photo at the battlefield. Register your kids with our Paoli Passport.  This program will have your children tour each of the camps and asked questions to the re-enactors to get the answers needed to win prizes.  Everyone entered will win a prize pack, but we will have a larger prize drawing near the end of the day. Tour the Paoli Battlefield and learn all about the battle that took place here and why it was coined the “Paoli Massacre” by the patriots.  Stop by and see Randy Brown of the Valley Forge Blackpots, as he demonstrates cooking near his replica wagon. Experience a Duel between a loyalist and a patriot and have your kids participant in our children’s musket drills.

To close out the day we will have a veterans recognition ceremony.  State Representative Duane Milne and others will talk about the history and sacrifice our fighting men and women have faced keeping our country free.  Our re-enactors will march out of camp and will then lay wreaths at the mass grave site of the 52 patriots who perished during the Battle of Paoli on September 20-21, 1777.    A bugler will play taps,  which will then be followed by a firing salute by our re-enactors.

Admission is by a donation of $8.00 per person, children are $5.00, and a special family rate is $20.00 (up to 5 people).

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From all of us on the all volunteer Board of Directors of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, we would like to thank everyone who turned our for a great day at our Military Timeline and Veteran’s Ceremony on Saturday, September 20th.    We’d also like to thank all of the Organizations, Sponsors, Businesses, Craftspeople, Borough Officials,  Volunteers, State Representatives, and Re-enactors involved with making our September 20th event a success.  We look forward to planning our event for next year on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 and hope to see you there!!

If anyone would like to help us in planning, promoting, participating or sponsoring our event next year, please contact us.

Below are some of the photos along with links to some of our sponsors, participants, vendors, and craftspeople:

After the wreath laying ceremony

The Wahl Gun


Ben Franklin fires the Wahl Gun!!

Borough of Malvern


Historic Military Impressions


Bruce Mowday


Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation


Historic Sugartown


Christian C. Sanderson Museum


Valley Forge Black Pots

PA National Guard and the Re-enactors marching into Camp


The Mill at Anselma


Saving Hallowed Ground


Hale Brynes House


Michael Harris


Malvern Historical Commission

Let the Duel Begin.


State Representative Duane Milne


Peoples Light and Theater Company


Chadds Ford Historical Society


Cafe Bonu

World War II Willys


Bell’s Dioramas in History


Honest 1 Auto Care


Kohlerman’s Pharmacy

World War II Willys


Beams School of Music


Ink Spot Printing and Design





Firing Salute at the Gravesite


Giant Foods – Frazer


Wegmans – Malvern