Pioneer Village Museum, and its board of directors, are making arrangements to honor Barron County’s oldest-known Civil War veteran with a mid-July graveside ceremony, according to Tammy Schutz, museum director.
The last Civil War veteran to die in Barron County was Ancel Goolsbey, who passed away Nov. 18, 1947, at age 100.
According to Schutz, Goolsbey served with Company C of the Seventh Minnesota Regiment, and is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Chetek.
“He was the second to the last Civil War Vet to die in Wisconsin,” Schutz said.
According to information from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, each county can place a special marker ,which designates the “last man standing” among its Civil War Veterans.
Schutz said a list of Last Soldiers in all counties can be found at the Sons of Union Veterans Wisconsin chapter website, www.suvcw-wis.org.
Tentative plans include a dedication ceremony during the Pioneer Village Civil War Day Camp, a new event scheduled July 23, 24, and 25, 2019.
“We are inviting the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to come for the ceremony,” Schutz said. “If it works out for them, they will perform the ceremony, which includes the firing of authentic Civil War muskets, the bugling of taps, and a reading from the burial ritual of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.).”
If the Wisconsin group cannot attend, “we hope to hold (the dedication ceremony) during this same time frame, but with a Civil War Reenactment Company from the Twin Cities area,” she said.