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The funeral of Hiram Cronk, the last veteran from the war of 1812
March 6, 2012 5:36 AM   Subscribe

Hiram Cronk was born in 1800, at 14 he enlisted to fight the British, and in 1905, he passed away as the last veteran of the war of 1812. This amazing video shows the funeral procession, featuring veterans from the Civil War and the Spanish-American war as they marched through Brooklyn. posted by quin (25 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
Man, I love this sort of stuff. Thank you!
posted by magstheaxe at 6:00 AM on March 6, 2012


Even then, there were kids more interested in mugging for the camera.
posted by crunchland at 6:00 AM on March 6, 2012


Video not working right now.

[So then I made the mistake of reading comments under a related vid, the "Gettysburg 75th anniversary," in which "RebelCry99" compares Lincoln to Hitler.

Godwinned this early in the day?]
posted by NorthernLite at 6:17 AM on March 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Two thoughts:

A) Those poor army fuckers...if they only knew what was coming in 12 years
B) I really wish someone would bring the bowler hat back.
posted by spicynuts at 6:22 AM on March 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Those poor army fuckers...if they only knew what was coming in 12 years

I know! The Spanish Flu was truly horrific!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 6:30 AM on March 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


Everyone in this video is long dead.

This has been your Morbid Thought For The Day!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:35 AM on March 6, 2012


I thought we had all agreed that "The War of 1812" was going to be henceforth known as "The War of Canadian Aggression." To remind everyone that those quiet and unassuming northerners can be a military juggernaut when roused.
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:47 AM on March 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


We're sitting here, at the beginning of the 21st century, watching a film from the early part of the 20th century, celebrating the life of a man who lived through the entire 19th century. That's a lot of history.
posted by ZeusHumms at 6:48 AM on March 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


There has been some fantastic Canadian music written about he war of 1812.
posted by Jon_Evil at 7:11 AM on March 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


@GenjiandProust--No name change yet...but...SOON!
posted by zerobyproxy at 7:13 AM on March 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Figured I would watch Cronk video with crunk...

Doesn't quite work. Needs a remix.
posted by markkraft at 7:14 AM on March 6, 2012


"Hiram" is a name that needs to come back.
posted by Etrigan at 7:28 AM on March 6, 2012


Up here we call it "The Great Patriotic Struggle Against the Treacherous Yankee, And Bonfire."
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:42 AM on March 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


We're sitting here, at the beginning of the 21st century, watching a film from the early part of the 20th century, celebrating the life of a man who lived through the entire 19th century. That's a lot of history.

One more century, since Hiram was born in 1800, which was the last year of the 18th century.

More details on the life of Hiram.

Photo of Hiram at Wikipedia.
posted by beagle at 8:50 AM on March 6, 2012


This is remarkable, thank you for posting it. From beagle's first link, some 1905 advertising copy:
Mr. Hiram Cronk, of Ava, N.Y., who was mentioned in General Orders for bravery at the Battle of Sackett's Harbor, states that he is kept strong and well by Duffy's Pure Malt Whiskey.

"Thanks to Duffy's, I am able to be out every day and take quite extended tramps in the severest weather."
posted by usonian at 9:13 AM on March 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Who's the guy with the hat?
posted by mizrachi at 9:29 AM on March 6, 2012


I always knew the secret to longevity was 'taking tramps'! 20 dollars, same as in town!
posted by spicynuts at 9:35 AM on March 6, 2012


I suggested to pregnant Mrs Wombat that we add "Hyram Cronk" to our list of baby names, but she just gave me a look.
posted by w0mbat at 11:08 AM on March 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Not a single head without a hat in this video.
posted by tunewell at 11:18 AM on March 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes, those were the days when their were heroes among the "common man."
posted by BlueHorse at 12:46 PM on March 6, 2012


Outstanding; thank you for posting this.
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:46 PM on March 6, 2012


I feel like I am a bad person for having a mind that jumps straight to Achewood characters playing Oregon Trail when I hear the name "Hiram."
posted by DoctorFedora at 1:48 PM on March 6, 2012


Wow, that was a gem of a life-changing treasure to watch that video. Amazing to see the soldiers of that time. It brought history alive so vividly.
posted by nickyskye at 9:50 PM on March 6, 2012


It was sort of like a Windsor McCay comic strip come to life.
posted by bonobothegreat at 10:50 AM on March 7, 2012


02:55-2:59 the guy in the front row second from the left has a huge face. (>_<)
posted by xtian at 11:41 AM on March 7, 2012


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