(Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) On the last day of America’s bloodiest battle, Alonzo Cushing was cut down next to the artillery guns he refused to leave despite the horrendous wounds that left him almost speechless as he whispered commands to his soldiers.

Confederate soldiers were making what would become known as Pickett’s Charge and in the hailstorm of artillery shells and shrapnel that would kill so many on that hot July day, a bullet struck Cushing in the face, killing him instantly.

Many men lost their lives at Gettysburg, many were recognized for their bravery. While Cushing’s valor and heroism were undisputed, it took more than 151 years for the Delafield native to be recognized with America’s highest medal for valor.

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