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N.Y. cemetery gets marker for Civil War MoH recipient

Aug. 8, 2013 - 09:55AM   |  
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LOCKPORT, N.Y. — A grave marker has been produced for a sailor from western New York who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Civil War.

Michael Huskey of Lockport earned the nation’s highest military decoration for helping rescue a Union gunboat stuck in a Mississippi bayou in March 1863. He fell ill and died the next year in Memphis, Tenn., where he’s believed to have been buried.

The Buffalo News reports that Niagara County historian Catherine Emerson said the Congressional Medal of Honor Historical Society has produced a grave marker for Huskey. The marker will be installed Sept. 19 next to the graves of Huskey’s parents.

Huskey died before he could receive his Medal of Honor. The Navy has rejected Emerson’s request that the medal be released to the county.

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