Woolson Memorial Wraps Up Sesquicentennial

Last Civil War Soldier Passed Away in 1956

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A Veterans Day service was held in Pak Hill Cemetery, Wednesay, in rememberance of the Union Army’s last living soldier.

Albert Woolson served as a drummer boy in the Union Army for 1 year.

He passed away in Duluth in 1956. 

In 2011 the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force began memorializing Minnesota Civil War vets to mark the 150th anniversary of the war’s beginning.

The four year journey to mark the end of the war concluded, in a Veteran’s day ceremony in Duluth.

Albert Woolson was 14 years old when he enlisted in 1864. 

Woolson lived to be 106 years old and was the last living soldier from either side of the war when he passed away in 1956. 

Woolson’s death also marked the end of Fraternal Organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, a politically powerful fraternal organization composed entirely of Union Army veterans.

On Wednesday, Woolson was remembered with a recreation of the G.A.R. memorial ceremony that he was the final recipient of nearly 60 years ago. 

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