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Albert Woolson, the last surviving Union veteran of the Civil War, dies in Duluth at age 109.

According to the Minnesota Historical Society, Woolson had enlisted in the First Minnesota Heavy Artillery when he was sixteen, serving as a drummer boy. He was the model for a bronze figure on the Memorial to the Grand Army of the Republic at Gettysburg, although he did not fight there. Woolson moved to Duluth in 1905 and remained active in the GAR for decades.

The exhibit Minnesota and the Civil War runs through Sept. 8 at the Minnesota History Center.

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