Topics

Ron Kind
A century and a half later, Gettysburg hero receives Medal of Honor
A century and a half later, Gettysburg hero receives Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — Lt. Alonzo Cushing and his artillerymen stood amid the smoke and noise of battle, trying to keep their cannons firing on the most consequential day of the Civil War. It was the third and final day of a bloody fight in the fields and forests of Pennsylvania, which historians would call the Battle of Gettysburg. Cushing, respected by his men for his cool under fire, commanded the last cannon in his battery that was still firing. More than 10,000 Confederate infantrymen stalked toward them in rows that stretched for a mile, although Cushing and his men could not see them. The soldiers of Pickett's Charge had little more than haze and smoke for cover. Cushing, who had...

Loading