Bust of Albert Woolson Given To GAR Museum
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. —The Grand Army of the Republic Civil
War Museum and Library recently unveiled its most recent acquisition,
a bronze bust of Albert Woolson, last Union survivor of the
This slightly larger than life-size bronze bust led to the creation
of the monument to the Grand Army of the Republic located at
Zeigler's Grove outside of the Cyclorama Center in Gettysburg
National Military Park.
David N. Fairbanks, M.D. and Mrs. Sylvia Fairbanks of Bethesda,
Md., with the consent of other Fairbanks family members, donated
the bust to the museum. Dr. Fairbanks is the son of the world-renowned
sculptor, Avard Fairbanks, creator of the bust and the Gettysburg
While participating in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Gettysburg
last November, Dr. Fairbanks recalled his conversations with
Albert Woolson as the aged veteran posed for his father. During
this visit to Gettysburg, Dr. Fairbanks also learned of the
existence of the museum and its dedication to preserving the
memory of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Museum President Elmer (Bud) Atkinson, Past Commander in Chief
of the Sons of Union Veterans, received a telephone call early
this year from Dr. Fairbanks, asking if the museum would be
interested in adding the bust to its collection. After first
having the bust refurbished at a foundry, the Fairbanks family
shipped it to the museum in late April and it was formally unveiled
at the next open house program.
The Woolson bust sits on top of a G.A.R. podium in the front
hallway of the museum where it greets visitors as they arrive.
The museum is located at 4278 Griscom St. For information call