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Famous navy veteran is laid to rest in the Brooklyn Naval Cemetery

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
12/02/1865
Seaman William Conway, a veteran of the United States Navy with long decades of service had died recently at the Marine Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.  He was famous for his refusal at the Warrenton Naval Yard at Pensacola, Florida to haul down the national flag at the demand of a Confederate militia officer on January 12, 1861. He was given a naval funeral with full honors, with a ship's band playing and an escort of a full company of marines.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Funeral of a Veteran Sailor," New York Times, December 4, 1865, p. 8. 

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