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Meet America's Oldest Civil War Soldier

North Minneapolis' Henry Mack, who lived to be 108, became a celebrity of service.

By Daniel Bergin

Born into slavery in Alabama on July 4, 1838, Henry Mack escaped his master and later served as a soldier with the 57th U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. After the war, Mack moved to Minneapolis - and while he was help up as a living symbol of patriotism during World War II, at least one story suggests that the centenarian was prepared to join the fight when he found out that the Allies had landed on the Normandy Beach in 1944.    At the age of 108, Henry Mack was believed to be the oldest surviving Civil War veteran when he passed away in 1945.

You can read his obituary from the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.


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