1863 – Lt. Alonzo Cushing Killed at Gettysburg

Cushing (1841-1863) was raised in Delafield, Wis., graduated from West Point on June 24, 1861, and was immediately appointed 1st lieutenant of Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery. Two years later, on the final day at Gettysburg, Cushing commanded 110 men and six cannons positioned on Cemetery Ridge. They received the full force of Pickett?s Charge of 13,000 infantry. Within just a few hours, all of his officers had been killed, and all but two of his guns had been silenced. He was shot through both thighs but refused to withdraw from the field. He was then shot in the shoulder and abdomen but continued to fight. As Cushing loaded his cannon for the last time, he was shot in the head and instantly killed. On May 20, 2010, he received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery. [Source: WHS Civil War ]