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Lockport Civil War hero Huskey gets medal tonight

by TSchmitt
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 09:04 am

It's about a century and a half overdue, but a Lockport man and Civil War hero will finally get his Medal of Honor tonight.

The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. for Michael Huskey, who never received the medal he had been awarded during a violent confrontation in a Mississippi bayou before dying later in that war.

Catherine Emerson of the Niagara County Historian's office said Huskey has been overlooked time and again.

"He's in an unmarked grave as an unknown at Memphis National, we think," Emerson said. "We've had a terrible time trying to track relatives. Every step of the way, if this young man could be ignored, he has been."

Huskey served the Union in the Navy on board the U.S.S. Carondelet, an ironclad gunboat. 

He'll be honored with a grave marker next to his parents' plots at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lockport. That ceremony tonight is free and open to the public.

 

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