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

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.

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