Military Honor for Albert Woolson, the last Civil War soldier

It was a day of remembrance and honor at the Park Hill Cemetery in Duluth as the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) were joined by members of the community to honor Albert Woolson. Woolson was the last civil war soldier who died in 1956 at the age of a hundred and six.

The memorial event, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society had in attendance three of the third-generation cousins of Woolson.

We spoke to Gary Carlberg, the commander, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Camp 56, Minnesota.

“It was a great day with a great crowd. It started off with the cannon firing. We had a 12 pounder, Napoleon Cannon, and fired at 10:58am. We started off with the boom and then went into the ceremonies and at the end we had three volleys of musket tree fire out of the replica rifles like they used in the Civil War.”

Albert Henry Woolson was active in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), held the position of National Sr Vice Commander. He was also a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War under the service of his father Willard Woolson. Albert Henry Woolson passed away on the 2nd of August 1956. He was 106 years old and known to be the last living Union soldier and widely recognized and the last Veteran of the Civil War from either side.