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James Albert Hard

James Albert Hard


James Albert Hard was born in Windsor, Broome Co., NY. He joined the Union Army in May 1861 and served in Co. E, 37th NY Volunteers. He saw action at he battles of Bull Run, Antietam, and Chancellorsville. He told the story that during the War he met President Lincoln at a White House reception. After the War he worked for a railroad, was a building contractor and a veteran's pension attorney. He also joined the veteran's organization, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). In that organization, he served two terms as NY State commander and was the national junior vice-commander in chief. He died 12 March 1953 at Rochester General Hospital from complications following having his right leg being amputated from circulation problems. He was the last living member of the GAR. He was also the second to last member of the Union Army (4 Confederate veterans also survived after him). A funeral procession of 1,000 people following his remains through downtown Rochester to the Masonic Temple where his funeral was held. He was buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery with military honors. It was said at the time of his death that was aged 111 years old but research through old census records, years later found that he was only 109 years old. That means he was only 17 when he had joined the Army.

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