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Photography Display Features Long-Lived Witnesses to Revolution

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A small number of people who lived during the American Revolution survived long enough to have their likenesses preserved in the mid-19th century by the new technology of photography. The stories of seven individuals appear along with their photographic likenesses in a new “I Was There” wall display at the Yorktown Victory Center that will remain in place after the transition to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016. Among the subjects are Revolutionary War veterans Conrad Heyer, who crossed the Delaware River in December 1776 with Washington’s Continental Army troops to attack the Hessians at Trenton; Sarah Osborn Benjamin, who carried food and coffee to the troops at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781; and Nicholas G. Veeder, who told about the Revolution through artifacts he collected and displayed in his museum in Scotia, New York, until his death in 1862.