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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Grand Army of the Republic
Albert Woolson
 
Grand Army of the Republic Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
1. Grand Army of the Republic Monument
 
Inscription. (Front):
Memorial to the
Grand Army of the Republic

(Left):
Senior Vice Commander in Chief
of the G.A.R.
Albert Woolson of Duluth, Minnesota
the last survivor

(Right):
Dedicated on September 12, 1956
by National Auxiliary to
Sons of Union Veterans
of the Civil War 1861-1865

 
Erected 1956 by Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
 
Location. 39° 48.967′ N, 77° 14.089′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Hancock Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located west of the parking area for the old Visitor Center, in Ziegler's Grove at Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ninth Massachusetts Battery (a few steps from this marker); Battery I First U.S. Artillery (a few steps from this marker); 108th New York Infantry (a few steps from this marker); 107th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery F Fifth U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); 126th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery G, Second U.S. Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brian Farm (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Left Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
2. Left Side of Monument
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Albert Woolson. Sons of Union Veterans biography of Woolson. Woolson enlisted in the army in October 1864, serving as a bugler and drummer for most of his time. When he died in 1956 he was the last surviving Union veteran of the war. Three individuals said to be surviving Confederate veterans outlived him, but their status as veterans has been disputed. (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Albert Woolson's Obituary. Woolson did not serve at Gettysburg, but served in a unit active in the Western Theater of war. As quoted here, President Eisenhower said of Woolson: "His passing brings sorrow to the hearts of all of us who cherished the memory of the brave men on both sides of the War Between the States." (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Right Side of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
3. Right Side of Monument
 
 
Looking Past the Monument towards Seminary Ridge Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
4. Looking Past the Monument towards Seminary Ridge
Marble benches allow visitors to reflect on a sweeping view of the battlefield.
 
 
Dedication Plaque Behind the Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, September 17, 2008
5. Dedication Plaque Behind the Monument
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 871 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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