BOOTH'S KILLER WAS MAD AS A HATTER: Boston Corbett, the Union Sergeant who shot and killed John Wilkes Booth, led a colorful and increasingly bizarre life. After his wife died in 1858, he castrated himself to avoid temptations of the flesh. He shot Booth against orders, stating "Providence guided my hand". After the war he returned to being a hatter, and his life spiraled downard. After being sent to an asylum in 1888, he escaped to live in a cabin in the woods, where he disappeared.
PoW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was confined in. Greasley also famously escaped from the camp and snuck back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.
Robert Gould Shaw, Col.,54th regiment. He led the first black regiment in the Union army, as recounted in the film "Glory," and died with many of them at the Second Battle of Fort Wagner near Charleston, S.C., in July 1863.
Sylvester Magee - reported to be the Last Union Veteran died on 21 October 1971 in Marion County, Mississippi at the age of 130 (born 29 May 1841). He was present at the fall of Vicksburg and pressed into service in the Union Army.