Greenwood Heights

Family receives copy of Civil War medal earned by ancestor

John Ferguson Pratt is buried at Green-Wood

July 26, 2018 Associated Press
Green-Wood Cemetery. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
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NEW CITY, N.Y.— A New York family has received a Civil War medal for their ancestor who died before the military decoration was created.

State Sen. David Carlucci presented Viola Silverman with a replica of the Civil War Campaign Medal on Wednesday at his office in Rockland County.

Silverman, of nearby Sparkill, says her great-grandfather, John Ferguson Pratt, served in the New York Volunteer 39th Infantry Regiment from November 1863 to July 1865. He suffered a gunshot wound during a battle in Virginia in May 1864.

Pratt died in 1892, several years before the campaign medal was established. The medal was awarded to Union veterans who served during the war.

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Pratt is buried in an unmarked grave in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Carlucci is working to get a Civil War veteran’s headstone placed at his grave.

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