Medal Of Honor For Civil War Soldier 147 Years Later

A Wisconsin soldier who died at Gettysburg seven score and seven years ago is finally in line to receive the nation's highest military decoration.

First Lt. Alonzo Cushing of Delafield, Wis., died 147 years ago at age 22. Even though he was wounded, he led his men to a valiant last stand that repelled a Confederate thrust.

Descendants and Civil War buffs took up Cushing's cause. They've been trying to get the Army to take the rare step of bestowing the medal upon him after all these years. It last happened for a Civil War soldier nine years ago.

The secretary of the Army approved Cushing's medal earlier this year, leaving a few formal steps before the award is expected to become official this summer.


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  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    Sadly if it had been a Confederate soldier some one would have had something negative to say about it.
  • by irate Location: Greenville on May 19, 2010 at 05:18 PM
    Well said Hiway man. Its time to get past sides and remember these were sons and fathers thrust into a situation they did not deserve.
  • by Hiway man on May 19, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    Congratulations to 1st Lt. Cushing! I'm sure his family is proud. Certainly there were many hundreds of soldiers both North and South that deserved the Medal of Honor. Bravery is bravery no matter the cause. RIP Brave Brother in arms
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