1905 Video: The Funeral of Hiram Cronk, The Last Surviving Veteran of the War of 1812

200 years ago today, Amer­i­ca stunned the world when it declared war on Britain, begin­ning what’s now called The War of 1812. The Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War had end­ed only 29 years ear­li­er. But despite agree­ments made with the Treaty of Paris (1783), the British kept pres­sur­ing the Unit­ed States, try­ing to sti­fle Amer­i­ca’s trade with France and the young nation’s expan­sion into the North­west Ter­ri­to­ry, among oth­er things. So the two coun­tries went to war again.

Now fast for­ward 93 years and watch as Hiram Cronk, the last sur­viv­ing vet­er­an of the war, gets laid to rest. Cronk, a shoe­mak­er by trade, served with the New York Vol­un­teers in the defense of Sack­et­t’s Har­bor, and lived to be 105 years old. Above, you’ll see crowds lin­ing the streets of Brook­lyn and watch­ing the mil­i­tary pro­ces­sion pass by. Some 25,000 peo­ple paid their respects that day.

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  • Alison says:

    Fab­u­lous!! thanks for post­ing this, what a great win­dow into the past. Just won­der­ful and what a great pageant in hon­our of Mr Cronk.

  • Daniel Araujo says:

    Real­ly nice! As said, it is a great win­dow into the past!! Thanks.

  • James Patrick Brennan says:

    Very inter­est­ing. How­ev­er, if the dates are cor­rect, it means he went to war at the age of 12. Sure­ly that can­not be cor­rect?

  • Alan Hardie says:

    Thank you, What a Great Coun­try we used to have!

  • shelly says:

    Thanks for post­ing this…hiram was my great great grandfather…his son john lived to be 102 an attrib­uted his longevi­ty to 1 shot of whiskey and 1 cig­ar a day

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