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Albert Woolson
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Military Personnel
    (February 11, 1847-August 2, 1956)
    Last surviving member of the Union Army
    He served as a bugle/drummer boy rather than a rifleman.
    The company he served in never saw action.
    He didn't receive a war pension until 1900.
    There is a statue of him at Gettysburg even though the battle occurred a year before he enlisted.
    He outlived two wives.
    He gained fame very late in life.
    He liked to recite poetry.
    He was 109 years old.
    He was born on the same day as Thomas Edison.
    He is considered to be the last authenticated survivor of the U.S Civil War.
    During his lifetime, he could have spoken with veterans who served in the American Revolution to the Korean War.
    He received 8,000 birthday cards in 1953.
    He outlived 2,675,000 of his former comrades in arms.
    He was buried with full military honors.

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