Thursday, May 20, 2010

Civil War Soldier Receives Medal of Honor

After 147 years, 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing is receiving the Medal of Honor. Cushing was a leading an artillery battery which sat atop Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg, 1863. Despite the massive bombardment which preceded Pickett's Charge and being shot twice, he commanded his men to continue the fight and move his remaining guns to the front line. Cushing fell after a Confederate bullet struck him in the head.

His leadership and courage during this battle have gone unrecognized for generations. Finally family members and citizens of Cushing's home town in Delafield, WI have petitioned for his recognition since 1987. A facebook group was even created by 27-year-old Air Force captain, Phil Shapiro. " We need to honor those people who got our country to where it is," stated Shapiro, who lives in Arkansas.

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