George Denham Dedication

A new Gravestone for Veteran George William Denham was dedicated at Islington & St. Pancras Cemetery on 20 July 2021

Born 23 April, 1835 and Died 19 January, 1914

of the 111th Pennsylvania Volunteers and USS Choctaw and member number 8 of the London Branch of American Civil War Veterans.

Attendees at George Denham's memorial dedication
Attendees: Descendant Gina Costin kneeling 3rd from left, front row and her mother, Barbara, stands behind her. Picture: GAZ DE VERE

The ceremony was organised by George’s Great Great Granddaughter, Gina Costin, a UK representative of the Daughters of Union Veterans of Elizabeth Van Lew Detached Tent No. 1, Haymarket, Virginia, USA. Representatives from Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 attended at Gina’s invitation. Also pictured are several generations of Denham descendants and re-enactors from SOSKAN, the Southern Skirmish Association of Great Britain.

Unveiling George Denham's memorial stone
Picture GAZ DE VERE

The memorial stone was unveiled by Cllr. Sabrina Frances, Mayor of Camden and Sgt. 1st Class Bryon Davidson, representing the US Defense Attaché Office. 

Brother Christopher Shea, USN and Secretary Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10, played Taps  on an original Civil War bugle used by the 4th New Hampshire Infantry.

Sounding Taps
Picture: GAZ DE VERE

The grave was previously unmarked and the gravestone was provided by the US Veterans’ Administration. 

Directions to memorial stone
Picture: GAZ DE VERE
Gina Costin closing the event
Picture: GAZ DE VERE

George Denham’s Civil War service included several years in the pre-war US Navy, the battles of Wauhatchie, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, and service on the Mississippi on the ironclad Milwaukee-class river monitor, USS Chickasaw. He was on duty at Mobile, Ala., when a huge Confederate arms depot explosion occurred on April 26, 1865, and took part in the relief of the survivors.

ACE/Remembrance Day Service

Saturday 2nd November, 2019

11:00  All Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 members are asked to muster for the Annual Camp Encampment at:

The Chelsea Pig (upper room), Old Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 5BS

Followed by:

13:00  American Civil War Remembrance Day Service at:

Chelsea Old Church, Old Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 5DQ

Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 members are encouraged to bring their guests to the Service. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.

Officers (left) and Guests at the Service in 2018

Remembrance Day and the USS Tulip disaster

By a strange coincidence both events share the same date – the 11th November.

Our Camp namesake, Ensign John Davis, was a sailor on the steam-screw gunboat USS Tulip when, on the 11th November, 1864, off Ragged Point, Virginia, the vessel’s starboard boiler exploded . Of the crew of 57, Davis was one of only 8 survivors. 

 

An illustration by Barbara Stewart from a sign at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland
Tulips and a ‘Poppy Cross’ are annually left in remembrance at Ensign John Davis’ headstone.

Major Seth Herrick

Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 is delighted to announce the Dedication of the Grave of Major Seth Herrick

27th July, 2019

Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium

Holders Hill Road, London NW7 1NB

Brothers of this Camp are making a maximum effort to come out in full force in support of this ceremony, which is one of the most important missions we have as Sons of Union Veterans to see that our dead rest in the honour that they deserve.

The ceremony commences at 13:00 and spouses, family and friends are encouraged to attend.