Monument to Albert Woolson as the last surviving member of the Union Army in the Civil War. Woolson was not at the Gettysburg battle. The statue was placed there in his memory and of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). The statue was dedicated in September 1956. Woolson posed for the statue, and it was created by famous sculptor Avard Fairbanks. Used with permission of the St. Louis County Historical Society, University of Minnesota of Duluth Archives.

Albert Woolson statue in the Gettysburg Battlefield in Ziegler’s Grove.

Monument to Albert Woolson as the last surviving member of the Union Army in the Civil War. Woolson was not at the Gettysburg battle. The statue was placed there in his memory and of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). The statue was dedicated in September 1956. Woolson posed for the statue, and it was created by famous sculptor Avard Fairbanks. Used with permission of the St. Louis County Historical Society, University of Minnesota of Duluth Archives.

Albert Woolson’s funeral procession, August 7, 1956.

Albert Woolson’s funeral procession in Duluth.

Albert Woolson’s funeral procession, August 7, 1956.

Albert Woolson’s funeral in the Duluth Armory, August, 7, 1956.

Albert Woolson’s funeral service

Albert Woolson’s funeral in the Duluth Armory, August, 7, 1956.

SFC Donald A. Anderson and M/Sgt. Leslie E. Kesti, both of Cloquet, members of Headquarters Battery, 257th Gun Battalion, Minnesota National Guard, serve as sentries of honor at the funeral of the late Albert Woolson (the last Grand Army of the Republic veteran) in a Duluth funeral home on August 4, 1956.

Honor Guard at Albert Woolson’s casket

SFC Donald A. Anderson and M/Sgt. Leslie E. Kesti, both of Cloquet, members of Headquarters Battery, 257th Gun Battalion, Minnesota National Guard, serve as sentries of honor at the funeral of the late Albert Woolson (the last Grand Army of the Republic veteran) in a Duluth funeral home on August 4, 1956.

Film titled “Albert Woolson Before Death.” It shows Albert Woolson holding his Civil War portrait, playing a drum, smoking a cigar, and receiving bags of mail. Black and white, 16mm, sound film, August 2, 1956. KSTP-TV Archive, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul. To view the clip, click the link below.

Albert Woolson with his granddaughter, Frances Anne Kobus

Film titled “Albert Woolson Before Death.” It shows Albert Woolson holding his Civil War portrait, playing a drum, smoking a cigar, and receiving bags of mail. Black and white, 16mm, sound film, August 2, 1956. KSTP-TV Archive, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul. To view the clip, click the link below.

Albert Woolson in his Grand Army of the Republic uniform. The plaque reads, “Albert Woolson, Born February 11, 1847 [sic], Presented by the Children of the Duluth Public Schools in 1952 on the Occasion of his 105th [sic] Birthday.” Photograph by Basgen-Presley, Duluth.

Albert Woolson in his Grand Army of the Republic uniform

Albert Woolson in his Grand Army of the Republic uniform. The plaque reads, “Albert Woolson, Born February 11, 1847 [sic], Presented by the Children of the Duluth Public Schools in 1952 on the Occasion of his 105th [sic] Birthday.” Photograph by Basgen-Presley, Duluth.

Cartoon of Albert Woolson drawn by Joe Parrish. It is titled “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.” The cartoon was published on April 16, 1955, in recognition of Woolson being the last surviving Union Army soldier. Used with permission of St. Louis County Historical Society, University of Minnesota of Duluth Archives.

Chicago Tribune cartoon of Albert Woolson

Cartoon of Albert Woolson drawn by Joe Parrish. It is titled “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.” The cartoon was published on April 16, 1955, in recognition of Woolson being the last surviving Union Army soldier. Used with permission of St. Louis County Historical Society, University of Minnesota of Duluth Archives.

Film titled “Albert Woolson.” It shows a Finnish sculptor, Kalervo Kallio, working on a bust of Albert Woolson, the last surviving Union Army Veteran, who is the live model. Black and white, 16mm, silent film, May 24, 1954. KSTP-TV Archive, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul. To view the clip, click the link below.

Sculptor Kalervo Kallio creating a bust of Albert Woolson

Film titled “Albert Woolson.” It shows a Finnish sculptor, Kalervo Kallio, working on a bust of Albert Woolson, the last surviving Union Army Veteran, who is the live model. Black and white, 16mm, silent film, May 24, 1954. KSTP-TV Archive, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul. To view the clip, click the link below.

Albert Woolson, 107, lone Union Army survivor sits for his bust. Kalervo Kallio, noted Finnish sculptor, puts finishing touches on the clay model, 1954. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Albert Woolson posing for bust sculpted by Kalervo Kallio

Albert Woolson, 107, lone Union Army survivor sits for his bust. Kalervo Kallio, noted Finnish sculptor, puts finishing touches on the clay model, 1954. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Ribbon worn by Albert Woolson at the national Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) encampment in Indianapolis held between September 13 and 18, 1942. Attached to the maroon ribbon is a matching Minnesota pin with a gopher that reads, "Minnesota in the Land of 10,000 lakes" and "The Gopher State." The ribbon was donated by his daughter, Frances Campbell, to the St. Louis County Historical Society in Duluth.

GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) ribbon

Ribbon worn by Albert Woolson at the national Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) encampment in Indianapolis held between September 13 and 18, 1942. Attached to the maroon ribbon is a matching Minnesota pin with a gopher that reads, "Minnesota in the Land of 10,000 lakes" and "The Gopher State." The ribbon was donated by his daughter, Frances Campbell, to the St. Louis County Historical Society in Duluth.

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