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    [Gettysburg Casualty]. Union Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing Carte de Visite. Measuring 2.5" x 4", Cushing is seen standing with his left hand on the hilt of his saber, his right hand holding his meerschaum pipe. This image of the twenty-one year old Cushing is cropped from a larger photograph of the staff of General Edwin V. Sumner taken on the steps of the Semmes house in Warrenton, Virginia, in November 1862. Fine.

    Alonzo Cushing (1841-1863) graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in June 1861 and was immediately commissioned a 1st lieutenant of artillery. He commanded Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery and was brevetted major for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville. While defending Cemetery Ridge during Pickett's assault on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Cushing was severely wounded by a shell fragment which tore open his abdomen. Holding in his exposed intestines, the twenty-two-year-old lieutenant refused to retire and was carried by First Sergeant Frederick Füger, who issued commands for him. He was ultimately killed by a gunshot to the head during the fiercest fighting. In November 2014, Cushing was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg.


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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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