Ribble Cosponsors Bill to Award Wisconsinite Medal of Honor

Apr 26, 2012 Issues: Congressional Reform

Washington, D.C. – Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) today became an original cosponsor of a bill that would waive the time requirement on awarding the Medal of Honor to Wisconsinite, First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, who perished in the battle of Gettysburg in 1863. This legislation, introduced by Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), would posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Lt. Cushing.

“Lt. Alonzo Cushing was an extraordinary solider and a true American hero,” said Ribble. “He courageously fought in some of the most famous battles in our nation’s history, including Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam and Gettysburg. Lt. Cushing devoted his life to the preservation of our great county and in honor of his patriotism he deserves to be recognized for his service during the Civil War.  As a Wisconsinite, I am proud that Lt. Alonzo Cushing called our state home and it would be an honor for him to be awarded the Medal of Honor.”

Background on Lt. Alonzo Cushing:

Lt. Cushing Born in Delafield, Wisconsin and raised in Fredonia, NY graduated from West Point on June 24, 1861.  Immediately upon graduation from the Academy, he was appointed first lieutenant of Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery.

Lt. Cushing earned high praise for his valor and bravery throughout the Civil War.  His final heroic acts took place at the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863.  After the second day of battle, Major General Winfield Scott Hancock called Lt. Cushing, “The bravest man I ever saw.”    During the third day of fighting, Cushing commanded 110 men and six cannons positioned on Cemetery Ridge.  From this position, Cushing and his men received the full force of Pickett’s Charge of 13,000 infantry.  Despite the death of all of his officers and receiving multiple gunshot wounds, Lt. Cushing refused to withdraw from the field of battle.  While loading his cannon for the last time, Lt. Cushing was killed by Confederate fire. 

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