Albert Woolson: Last Civil War Soldier Buried in St. Louis County to Be Honored
Albert Woolson: Last Civil War Soldier
Buried in St. Louis County to Be Honored
Military Honors: August 12th at 11:00 am
at Park Hill Cemetery in Duluth, Minnesota;
Wreath Laying Event/Reception at Albert Woolson’s Statue:
August 12th at 1:00 pm at the DEPOT in Duluth, Minnesota.
Veterans Memorial Hall (VMH), a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society (SLCHS), the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), the David Wisted Post #28, and Battery “I”, 1st Regiment of US Light Artillery announces the local history events honoring the Last Union Veteran of the Civil War, Private Albert Henry Woolson. Albert Henry Woolson was born in Antwerp, Jefferson County, New York on 11 February 1850. His father, Willard Woolson, enlisted in the Union Army and was mortally wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. Albert and his mother moved to Windom, Minnesota where he was cared for at an Army hospital before he passed. On 10 October 1864, at 14 years old, Albert enlisted into Company C, 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery as a Drummer Boy. The Company never saw action and Albert was mustered out of the Regiment on 7 September 1865. Albert Woolson married twice and raised a family that included Albert Jr who served in the Spanish-American War. They lived in Mankato, Saint Peter, and Windom before they moved to Duluth around the turn of the century. 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.
“The Veterans Memorial Hall” (VMH) is a joint program of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the United States Military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota, with a mission to gather, preserve, interpret, and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families, and communities through museum, archival, and educational programs. Veterans Memorial Hall (www.vets-hall.org). “The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War” (SUVCW) is a national veterans organization made up of the descendants of Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. The SUVCW has more than 6,000 members across the country and is the successor to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R), the veterans organization formed after the Civil War by soldiers who served in the Union Army.” Home | Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (www.suvcw.org) “The David Wisted/Zenith City American Legion Post #28” is an American Legion Post in Duluth, Minnesota, chartered on 24 June, 1919; by World War I Veterans. David Wisted was the first Duluth casualty of World War I.
(https://www.facebook.com/Post28duluth/) “Battery ‘i’, 1st Regiment of US Light Artillery” is a Civil War Educational Non-Profit group dedicated to educating about and demonstrating the life of Union/Federal Civil War Artillery Soldiers and the lives they lived. We have approx. 30 members and are based out of the Twin Cities but have members living across Minnesota and Wisconsin who come together for events. (Battery i, 1st US Artillery | Civil War Artillery | Cannon).” “The St. Louis County Historical Society” (SLCHS). Since its inception in 1922, the St. Louis County Historical Society has sought to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the history, and prehistory, of St. Louis County as well as the state of Minnesota. History | St. Louis County Historical Society | United States (www.thehistorypeople.org) PARKING: At the Park Hill Cemetery, the event parking is limited. Please allow plenty of time and consolidate rides if possible. For the Woolson Statue segment of the event, the usual DEPOT parking is available or at the adjoining ramps on either side of the building.
Jay Hagen / Veterans Memorial Hall Program Manager
506 West Michigan St. / Duluth, MN 55802 / 218.733.7500
Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota with a mission to gather, preserve, interpret, and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities, through museum, archival and educational programs. Its website, www.vets-hall.org, features more than 8,000 veteran stories