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Watercolor: Sgt. Elijah Strong Hollister - 10.5" x 10.5"


In my series of American men of arms, I wanted to paint a revolutionary soldier on my wife's side of the family. Elijah Strong Hollister (1763-1813) served in the Revolution, enlisting at Manchester, VT, in Captain Stoddard at Lenox, Col. Joseph Vose's regiment (1780) and later in Col. Marimus Willett's New York Regiment (1781-1784). He was appointed a sergeant in this regiment, and was part of the time at Fort Plain in the Mohawk Valley. [The Hollister Family of America, Lieut. John Hollister of Wethersfield, Conn., and His Descendants, #4922] There's no way to know what his uniform looked like, but I dressed him up a bit, drawing on a photo of reenactors, a hand from another source, and a twenty-something face from Elijah's descendant Tom Gregg. Thank God for men and women who were willing to go through many privations in order to form our new nation on the American continent. Watercolor, 10.5" x 10.5".

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