Alonzo Cushing Photo

Alonzo Cushing

Born: Jan 19, 1841

Death: Jul 3, 1863

Birthplace: Delafield

Nationality: United States

Alonzo Cushing

Date of Birth : Jan 19, 1841
Date of Death : Jul 3, 1863
Birth Place : Delafield

Alonzo Hersford Cushing was an artillery officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He died at the Battle of Gettysburg while defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett's Charge. Action was undertaken in 2013, 150 years after Cushing's death, to award him the Medal of Honor. The nomination was approved by the United States Congress, and was sent for review by the Defense Department and the President. On August 26, 2014, the White House announced he would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. President Obama awarded him the medal on November 6, 2014, in a White House ceremony attended by Cushing's distant cousins, Frederic Stevens Sater and Frederic Cushing Stevens III, and their families, although his closest relation was Helen Bird Loring Ensign, a first cousin twice removed. Cushing left no direct descendants.

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