Biography Subject, Alonzo Cushing, Wins Medal of Honor

Kent Masterson Brown’s Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander convinced the Army War Decorations Board to give 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing to award the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Cushing was killed at the battle soon after breaking Pickett’s Charge. The University of Kentucky has posted a article that reproduce’s an excerpt from Brown’s book that describes Cushing’s actions. Check out the UK Press’s blog post.

The University Press of Kentucky

Almost 150 years after his death in the battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, Alonzo Cushing, first lieutenant of Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, has received the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. On Monday, President Obama officially bestowed the honor on Cushing along with Command Sergeant Major Adkins and Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat who both served and distinguished themselves during the Vietnam War.

Alonzo Cushing Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing

According to a statement released by the White House, “Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.” In Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander, Kent Masterson Brown offers an expansive view of the life and career of Lt. Cushing. Brown, author of Retreat from Gettysburg:…

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