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Honoring Civil War Soldier Elias Fenstermacher

Photos from the event

People gather at Evergreen Cemetery, some in Civil War era attire. The headstone of Elias Fenstermacher is in the foreground.
People gather for a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, honoring Union Pvt. Elias Fenstermacher, the last Civil War veteran buried in Crow Wing County, at Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd. The ceremony was hosted by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The organization’s Last Soldier Project is a nationwide effort to find and mark the gravesite of the last U.S. soldier, seaman or marine from the Civil War in each county.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
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Last Civil War veteran buried in Crow Wing County to be honored in Brainerd

People gather at Evergreen Cemetery.
Union Pvt. Elias Fenstermacher, the last Civil War veteran buried in Crow Wing County, at Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.
Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
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