Lt. Alonzo Hereford Cushing may be the most famous junior officer of the Battle of Gettysburg. A June 1861 graduate of West Point who was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation, he rose in the ranks from an artillery section commander to first lieutenant in the topographical engineers on the staffs of Second Corps Generals Edwin V. Sumner and Darius N. Couch. Given command of Battery A, Fourth United States Artillery, in the winter of 1863, twenty-two year old Cushing commanded that battery at Chancellorsville and then at Gettysburg where he heroically held the “Angle” against the attack of General George E. Pickett’s Confederate Division on July 3, winning accolades from general officers to lowly privates for his determination to hold that position even after receiving dreadful wounds. He was finally killed by rifle fire just before the climax of the attacks. By then, Cushing had been brevetted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was buried at his beloved West Point. On November 6, 2014, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Alonzo H. Cushing was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony. He was probably the last Civil War soldier to be given that award.
Following Kent Masterson Brown’s gripping narrative of Cushing’s service in his book, Cushing of Gettysburg, Witnessing History will tell Cushing’s story for the television screen. It will contain magnificent footage of Cushing’s early Wisconsin and New York homes, West Point, and the battlefields of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. The production will end with footage of the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House. Production will take approximately fifteen months. Witnessing History is currently raising the capital. Stay tuned for developments and news stories.
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