I wanted to do a piece honoring my Fourth great grandfather, who served eight years during the American Revolution. He was only 18 when he enlisted. He was from Stratham, NH. He was at the seige of Boston. His unit headed toward Quebec, but joined the retreating American army as they fled down Lake George. He was at the Battle of Saratoga, and spent the winter with Washington's army at Valley Forge. He fought at Monmouth, NJ, and finally he was present at Yorktown. He received the Badge of Merit, whose design was later used for the Purple Heart. He received pension, and a letter of commendation from Washington. He lived to be 82.
My piece illustrates his life.