President Obama has awarded the Medal of Honor to a Civil War artillery officer, 151 years after he was killed by Confederate forces at the Battle of Gettysburg. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) President Barack Obama awarded on Thursday (November 6) a Civil War artillery officer the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for bravery, 151 years after he was killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. The officer, First Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing, was the commander of a Union Army artillery battery on July 3, 1863, at the height of the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a turning point of the 1861-65 Civil War. During the Confederate attack on the Union center known as Pickett's Charge, Cushing's battery was mauled by rebel artillery. As the Confederate forces advanced, Cushing manned the only remaining cannon in his battery, the Defense Department said in a statement. Cushing was wounded in the abdomen and the right shoulder but refused to leave his post. He was shot and killed when Confederate forces were within 100 yards (meters) of his position and his bravery made it possible for the Union Army to repel the assault, it said. Cushing's relatives, Frederic Stevens Sater and Frederic Cushing Stevens III, were also expected to be at the White House ceremony with their families. Cushing's cousin, twice removed, Helen Loring Ensign, from Palm Desert, California, accepted the medal.