Last Survivor Monument.

Last Survivor Monument

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Albert Henry Woolson was the last survivor of the Civil War's Union Army, and thus the last surviving member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a fraternal organization for Union veterans. He lived to be 106, but it wasn't quite long enough to see his monument. He died 41 days before it was dedicated at the Gettysburg Battlefield on September 12, 1956.

Avard Fairbanks -- who had earlier made an ax-wielding Abe Lincoln for Hawaii -- sculpted the bronze monument, which, technically, is dedicated to the GAR, not Woolson. An aged Albert sits on a rock, wearing a 1950s business suit and holding a cane. A GAR medal is pinned to his jacket and a GAR hat rests on the rock beside him.

Despite the monument's location and Union Army connection, Albert did not fight at Gettysburg and in fact did not fight anywhere in the Civil War. He was a 14-year-old drummer boy when the war ended, and never saw a battle.

Last Survivor Monument

Address:
Cyclorama Drive, Gettysburg, PA
Directions:
From downtown drive south on S. Washington St. At the stoplight turn right onto Steinwehr Ave. Drive a third of a mile. Turn left onto Cyclorama Drive opposite the KFC. You'll quickly intersect a one-way road on the right. Drive past it, park on the roadside, then walk along the left side of the one-way road for a hundred yards to the statue, on the left.
Hours:
Park open daily 6am - 10pm Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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