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Subject: ARCHIVE: March 12, 1953 ~James Albert Hard, LAST verified living UNION combat veteran of the American Civil War, outliving all but one of the 2,675,000 Union soldiers, dies at 111. ...

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Date Posted: Thursday, March 12, 03:27:40pm

James Albert Hard
(July 15, 1842 March 12, 1953)

Last verified living Union combat veteran of the American Civil War and the third-to-last verified veteran overall; only drummer-boys Frank H. Mayer and Albert Woolson post-deceased him. Though he claimed to have been born in 1841, research in 2006 found that the 1850 Census indicated a birthdate of 1843.

He died in Rochester, New York, at the claimed age of 111. Census research indicates, however, that he was probably a year or two younger and may have inflated his age to gain service. He is recorded as having joined the Union Army on May 14, 1861, aged '19.' The 1850, 1910 and 1920 censuses however, indicate that he was born in 1843 and 1842.

Hard is reported to have fought as an infantryman in the 37th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment at the battles of First Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Fredericksburg, and to have met Abraham Lincoln at a White House reception. Hard was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, in Rochester, NY ...


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Albert Woolson, drummer boy in the Union Army, died on Aug. 2, 1956 (NT)But he saw no combatThursday, March 12, 04:47:29pm

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