Alonzo Cushing, a Civil War hero and the most famous of three Delafield brothers who distinguished themselves in military service, has been recommended to receive the Medal of Honor, 146 years after his death at Gettysburg.
With congressional approval, the U.S. Army first lieutenant would become the 62nd Medal of Honor winner from Wisconsin, the 22nd from the Civil War.
The nomination by Sen. Russ Feingold dates back to 2003. The Army made the recommendation last month, and Feingold announced it Tuesday.
Cushing’s battlefield bravery is the stuff of (mostly forgotten) legend, and he and brothers William and Howie are memorialized in a tiny state park in Delafield. In the 1920s, the Cushings lost out to Lt. Col. Robert B. McCoy in the renaming of Camp Sparta.
Cushing, of Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery, fought at Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Antietam before being shot at Gettysburg as his battery defended Cemetery Ridge at a spot known as “The Angle,” the very focus of Pickett’s Charge. Cushing is buried at West Point, where he graduated in 1861.
In a good account of Cushing’s service, First Sgt. Fredrick Fuger describes how his commander, the 22-year-old Cushing, fell dead into his arms. Fuger also was awarded the Medal of Honor, in 1897.