UPDATE: Wis. Civil War soldier could be closer to medal

UPDATED Friday, December 20, 2013 --- 10:18 a.m.

DELAFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- A Civil War soldier from Wisconsin who made a valiant last stand at Gettysburg might finally receive the nation's highest military decoration.

Descendants of 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing have pushed for years to have the Delafield soldier awarded the Medal of Honor. However, they needed Congress to grant an exception to the rule that Medals of Honor be awarded within two years of the act of heroism.

That happened Friday as part of a defense bill sent to President Barack Obama. If he signs it, the Defense Department can choose to recommend the medal for Cushing, and Obama can decide whether to approve it.

Cushing was 22 when he died. Although grievously wounded he helped defend a Union position that could have turned the tide in favor of Confederate forces.

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Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2010 --- 7:30 a.m.

Associated Press Writer

DELAFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin soldier who died at Gettysburg seven score and seven years ago is finally in line to receive the nation's highest military decoration.

First Lt. Alonzo Cushing of Delafield died 147 years ago at age 22. Even though he was wounded he led his men to a valiant last stand, one that repelled a Confederate thrust.

Descendants and Civil War buffs took up Cushing's cause. They've been trying to get the Army to take the rare step of bestowing the medal upon him after all these years. It last happened for a Civil War soldier nine years ago.

The secretary of the Army approved Cushing's medal earlier this year, leaving a few formal steps before the award is expected to become official this summer.

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