While Andrew Jackson may have been too young to enlist when the Revolutionary war first began, when he was 13-years-old, the future president of the United States served as a patriot courier in the Revolutionary War.
When he was captured by British soldiers, young Jackson was hit across the face for refusing to shine his captors shoes. He was left with physical and mental scars for many years after the war ended, but went on to become a hero in the War of 1812, a successful lawyer, and the seventh American President.
(Major) Thomas Young, 12
Major Thomas Young, the son of Thomas Young, John Adams' family physician and Boston Tea Party organizer, didn't waste any time getting involved in the Revolution.
During her tenure in the Patriot forces she led dangerous expeditions, dug trenches, and helped capture 15 Loyalists. She kept her true identity hidden for two years until doctors caring for her discovered she was a woman. Soon thereafter Sampson was honorably discharged.
James Armistead, 15
James Armistead was born a slave but worked as a spy under Marquis de Lafayette during the war. His important intel from General Cornwallis and Benedict Arnold led to an American victory at the Battle of Yorktown.
Armistead successfully petitioned for his freedom in 1787, after the conclusion of the American Revolution.
When Lafayette learned what was going on in the newly declared United States in 1777, he traveled from France to America to join the Revolution. Not only did the French general become an invaluable ally to the US, he fought alongside George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson to ensure a successful and fruitful American victory.
He dropped out of college in 1776 to join the Continental Army and fought alongside George Washington and Thomas Jefferson for American independence. After the war, he studied law under Thomas Jefferson and became the last Founding Father to be elected President.
While fighting in the American Revolution, Pinckney was captured and held prisoner by the British. He repeatedly refused British demands to defect to the Loyalist cause and remained incarcerated until a prisoner exchange was arranged.
After regaining his freedom, Pinkney practiced law, served in the Continental Congress, signed the US Constitution, and became governor of South Carolina.
Henry Lee III, 20
Henry Lee III, father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, joined George Washington's army at the onset of the war. Nicknamed 'Light Horse Harry Lee' for his exceptional horsemanship, Lee triumphed over British soldiers and was awarded several promotions and awards for his valor.
After George Washington's death, Congress asked Lee to deliver a now famous tribute to the former President in which he said, "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen... second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of his private life."
Gilbert Stuart, 20
Gilbert Stuart is known as one of America's foremost portraitists. Not only did he create a uniquely American portrait style, he painted some of the most intricate representations of America's Founding Fathers.
His most famous work is an unfinished portrait of George Washington that's still featured on the US dollar bill today.
John Trumbull, 20
John Trumbull served as colonel to George Washington during the American Revolution. After the war, Congress commissioned four large paintings by the former soldier.
His most famous painting, "Declaration of Independence," shows the Founding Fathers signing the Declaration. The scene, however, is actually inaccurate as it actually depicts the presentation of a draft of the document to Congress, not the signing of it.
Aaron Burr, 20
Aaron Burr put his law school education on hold when war broke out between the US and Britain. A well known soldier, Burr quickly rose the militia ranks to serve under Benedict Arnold, George Washington, and General Israel Putnam.
Despite Burr's success as an attorney, senator, and Vice President, he is widely remembered today as the man who shot his political rival, Alexander Hamilton, in a famous duel.
After the war, Hamilton worked tirelessly to strengthen the federal government. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, he is credited with forming the American financial system, along with many other achievements including the formation of the Coast Guard the New York Post newspaper.
He was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel when he was 47-years-old.
John Laurens, 21
Johns Laurens served as Washington's aides-de-camp during the war, alongside his friend Alexander Hamilton. He proved his loyalty to Washington when he dueled with General Charles Lee for questioning Washington's character.
Benjamin Tallmadge famously oversaw the Culper Ring, a spy organization dedicated to aiding and protecting the Continental Congress, while the British controlled New York City. One of the organization's greatest contributions was intel that saved 8,000 incoming French troops.
Robert Townsend, also known by his spy alias Culper Jr., worked alongside Tallmadge as a Culper Ring spy. His efforts, along with the rest of the Culper Ring, are believed to have helped identify turncoats Benedict Arnold and Major Andre's plot to secretly surrender West Point to the British.
Always the master spy, Townsend wanted his identity to remain secret after the war. Washington and the rest of the Culper spies kept his secret for their entire lives — Townsend's Revolutionary War efforts remained unknown until 1930.
Extremely devoted to the cause, Clark purchased materials for the war with his own money. This poor decision haunted him and his family for years after the war ended. In fact, his family continued to suffer under the weight of the debts long after Clark's death.
David Humphreys, 23
David Humphreys, an aide de camp and personal friend to George Washington, was personally selected to deliver British colors and reports from the Battle of Yorktown to Congress.
Humphreys eventually shifted his focus to farming and imports. After successfully importing Merino sheep to the US, he helped found the Agricultural Society of Connecticut in 1816 and served as its first President.
When war broke out in 1775, General Henry Knox immediately plunged himself into the Revolution. His valiant efforts directing rebel cannon fire at the Battle of Bunker Hill and his work helping to develop the Continental Army made him a war hero.