|1841 to 1863; he was 22.|
I have the happy duty of reporting that 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing will be awarded the Medal of Honor today by the President of the United States. Lt. Cushing's award will be for bravery, courage, and leadership above and beyond the call of duty on July 3rd, 1863 while commanding his battery - Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery - during the third day of the battle of Gettysburg.
There are days when the fate of nations hangs on the actions of unknown junior officers. That terrible day in July was one of them, and he was one of those junior officers.