The last living American Civil War veteran was alive to see the beginning of the civil rights movement. He died in 1956.
Albert Henry Woolson was born on Feb. 11, 1847 in Antwerp, Jefferson County, New York. The son of a Union soldier who died of wounds received at the Battle of Shiloh, at age 17, he was enlisted as a Drummer Boy in Company C, 1st Minnesota Volunteer Heavy Artillery in October 1864.
He was honorably discharged on September 7, 1865. When he died at age 109 in 1956, he was the last surviving Union Army veteran, outliving James Albert Hard of the 37th New York Volunteer Infantry (who was the last surviving Union Army combat veteran) by three years.