Three of the five men died during the Battle of Buena Vista (Edwards and Thoreau) or during the occupation of Mexico (Green). Hogg survived the Mexican campaign, but died in the Civil War. Gilmore lived into his sixties and died of natural causes.
Those who died in Mexico were brought back to Kentucky in some of the earliest cast iron coffins used in the Commonwealth. All of them had viewing plates (glass plates built into the coffin for viewing the body). Gilmore’s association with the Masons was reflected in his coffin's hardware.
Investigators documented changes in military uniform manufacture. Earlier uniforms were hand-made, while later uniforms were machine-made and exhibited greater button standardization. Gilmore’s relatively high social and economic status was reflected in the quality of the clothing he wore when he was interred and the recovery of a gold-gilded button from his coffin.
Analysis of the human skeletal remains indicated that several of the soldiers led hard lives that involved much manual labor. Some suffered nutritional stress during their lives. They may have joined the military to better their lives.