In 1780, Ross Poldark joined the army and fought in the Revolutionary War. They would never see each other again. In March 1783, Joshua died. At some point, people thought his son had also died, but six months later he came home. By then, Joshua's wife had also died. He was thought to be a scoundrel and libertine by the locals and he left his affairs in a state. Ross would later visit his father's grave.