The First Capitol Detachment of the Marine Corps League plans to honor one of its historic heroes.

A remembrance ceremony for Sgt. John Henry Denig will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at his burial site in Prospect Hill Cemetery, 700 N. George St. in North York.

Denig, born in York on Sept. 8, 1838, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Civil War.

He received a Medal of Honor for his heroism in the Battle of Mobile Bay in Alabama on Aug. 5, 1864, according to a news release from Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Denig, who served on the Union's USS Brooklyn, courageously fought a two-hour battle against the Confederate's CSS Tennessee. The battle ended with the Confederate fleet surrendering.

Dave Brady, senior vice commandant of First Capitol Detachment of the Marine Corps League, will read Denig's Medal of Honor citation -- issued Dec. 31, 1864 -- at the ceremony.

"I hope people gain an appreciation for Sgt. Denig and what he had done during the Civil War," Brady said. "He's one of those heroes from York's past."

Annual event: This is the fourth year of the remembrance ceremony for Denig, Brady said. About two dozen people attend the event, though Brady said he hopes the Civil War's 150th anniversary this year will spark interest in Denig.

During Saturday's ceremony, the feature speaker, Ruthe Fortenbaugh Craley will discuss the book "When the Rebels Occupied York, Pennsylvania" by Jeffery C. Bortner. The book was published in June by the Martin Memorial Library Legacy Society, according to the cemetery.


Also participating are the Lancaster Fencibles Color Guard and Thom Weller who will perform Taps.

More than 1,000 Civil War soldiers are buried at Prospect Hill.

Brady said he continues to research history about Denig.

"One thing we do not know is whether there are still descendents in the area," he said. "We would like to find out."

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