Medal of Honor recipient Remembered at Prospect Hill Cemetary

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A York County man who served his country as a Union Soldier during the Civil War is being honored 150 years after the battle.

The First Capitol Detachment of the Marine Corps League held a remembrance ceremony at Prospect Hill Cemetery at the grave site of Sergeant John Henry Denig.
Denig– a Medal of Honor recipient– was born in York in 1838 and fought in the Battle of Mobile Bay 150 years ago today. During the Civil War, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps on the U.S.S. Brooklyn. That vessel successfully completed the blockade of all the southern ports along the Gulf of Mexico.

The York native– having a hand in what possibly helped shorten the war.

“Our motto is semper fidelis, always faithful, and we try to remember those that went before us as best we can. Sgt. Denig being here is an opportunity for us to remember his service and the recognition that he received at the Battle of Mobile Bay 150-years ago,” First Capitol Detachment, Marine Corps League Senior Vice Commandant Dave Brady said.

A featured speaker and members of the Lancaster Fencibles Color Guard also took part in the ceremony that’s in its 5th year.
Denig is one of 98 soldiers who received a medal of honor for their service in the Mobile Battle.