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Cushing of Gettysburg

Cushing of Gettysburg




Just two years out of West Point, Lieutenant Alonzo Hereford Cushing positioned his Battery A, Fourth United States Artillery, at the angle formed by a low stone wall along the center of the Union Army of the Potomac’s defense line at Gettysburg on the morning of July 2, 1863. Over the course of the ensuing thirty-four hours, Cushing and his guns would be subjected to some of the most ferocious artillery fire and infantry assaults of the war. On the afternoon of July 3, Cushing’s life would end just as Pickett’s Division began its last thrust toward his battery’s position. Brown traces Cushing’s life from his birth in Wisconsin to his youth in Western New York and his years at West Point. From his early staff position with General Edwin Sumner to Battery Commander, the reader is propelled toward the final moment at Gettysburg with dramatic prose.

For the story of Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in March 2010, read the New York Times article here.

Cushing of Gettysburg has won:

  • 1993   Award of Merit, Wisconsin Historical Society
  • 1993   Selection of the History Book Club and Military History Book Club


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