LOCKPORT – A ceremony will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery on Glenwood Avenue at 6 p.m. Thursday to place a Medal of Honor grave marker beside the graves of the parents of Civil War Medal of Honor winner Michael Huskey.
Huskey, a fireman aboard a Navy gunboat, won the nation’s highest military decoration for his action in a firefight with Confederate infantry in Steele’s Bayou, Miss., in March 1863.
However, Huskey died of dysentery the following year and never received the medal. The Niagara County Historian’s Office, which has been trying unsuccessfully to claim it since 2009, believes Huskey was buried in a mass grave near a onetime military hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
The Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States donated the granite marker.