So with the help of the very talanted @my_colorful_past , we brought this gentleman to life again.
He give you the color, while i give you his story.
This daguerreotype is so well made and detailed, adding color to it, it's almost like he sat next to you yesterday, even if the photo is taken in 1854.
Meet American Revolutionary War veteran Jonathan Smith.
Smith was born in 1761, and had this photo of him taken when he was 93 years old, just one year before he passed away.
There are two stories about his time in the revolutionary war, one is that he took part in the Battle of Long Island in 1776, and one is that he took part in the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778, it's most certainly the last one.
Some sources say Long Island, while deeper research say Rhode Island.
What is known, is that he enlisted and joined the Massachusetts militia at the age of fourteen.
In 1776, when the Long Island battle took place, Smith was still stationed in Boston, helping to build fortifications and batteries on the Dorchester Heights that helped drive the British forces out of the city.
Here, he also helped to seize a British supply ship full of butter and pork.
The battle he did take part in for sure happened two years later, in 1778, Smith joined the continental army and the militia to besiege the British forces on Aquidneck Island in Newport, Rhode Island.
This unsuccessfull attempt to drive out the British forces from this location, would of course be known as the Battle of Rhode Island.
There isn't much known of his life before or after the war, except that he joined the Baptist church, worked as a preacher for 19 years, married three times and had eleven children.
It's people like this that takes your breath away, he lived in a time we only can imagine. He was born before Napoleon, lived in the same era as Mozart, lived through very important happenings in our world, such as The French Revolution, The Napoleonic Wars.
On top of that, he lived in a time before USA even existed as a nation.