Honoring Minnesota's Youngest Civil War Soldier

July 14, 2018 11:11 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- At 93 years old, Charles Culver was the oldest living Civil War Veteran in Southern Minnesota. He was also the youngest Minnesotan to serve in the Civil War at 12 years old. Saturday marks 75 years since he passed away.

The Fillmore County community came together to honor him on Saturday.


"It's important to remember our ancestors, it's important to remember the early settlers of our county," said Executive Director of the Fillmore History Center Debra Richardson.

The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War installed a commemorative marker, and historical re-enactors came to help tell Charlie’s story.

The Sons of the Union Veterans gives out plaques honoring the last Civil War veteran soldier buried in each county.

Richard Serfling who is a member of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War wanted to find out how Fillmore County could get involved.

"I called Deb at the Fillmore County History Center and she found out almost right away who that fella was," said Richard.

Debra says he was easy to find because unlike other soldiers his age, Charlie had an unusual story.

"Many of the drummer boys who served in the civil war were runaways from home. They don't have official records. He was actually enlisted in the army," said Debra.

Then Richard realized his family had a connection to Charlie.

"He was in the same regiment, same company as my great grandfather Jon," said Richard.

So Richard already knew some of this history. And for others attending the ceremony, Debra says it was a great opportunity to expose the general public to stories from the Civil War.

"To be able to come out here to a cemetery, and allow the public to hear Charlie's story and hear about local history was very important and meaningful to me," said Debra.


Talia Milavitz

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