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Thread: Union soldier to receive CMH 150 years after battle

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    Union soldier to receive CMH 150 years after battle

    "Faithful unto death."

    Those words on the West Point headstone of 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing succinctly enshrine the determination of the man who helped turn the tide at Gettysburg during the Civil War.

    Despite two severe wounds, Cushing, 22, stayed at his post and directed artillery fire upon hordes of Confederates charging the center of the Union line at Cemetery Ridge -- a doomed assault known as Pickett's Charge. A bullet to the head finally felled the young officer.




    Has / would the CMH ever be awarded to a Confederate soldier?

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/26/us/med...html?hpt=hp_c3

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    Re: Union soldier to receive CMH 150 years after battle

    Has / would the CMH ever be awarded to a Confederate soldier?
    I don't think recognizing the gallantry of the enemy is a thing.

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    Re: Union soldier to receive CMH 150 years after battle

    Responsible for killing lots of Confederates before he died?

    Awesome.

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    Re: Union soldier to receive CMH 150 years after battle

    Yeah, awarding the enemy with medals and ribbons is not something people usually do. The south was in a state of rebellion. No medals for them.

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    Re: Union soldier to receive CMH 150 years after battle

    Quote Originally Posted by Seminole97
    Has / would the CMH ever be awarded to a Confederate soldier?
    I don't think recognizing the gallantry of the enemy is a thing.
    Of the places I have lived where there have been revolts, coups, etc., the U.S. is the only one that keeps letting the losing rebellion mouth off....

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    Re: Union soldier to receive CMH 150 years after battle

    Why now?

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    Re: Union soldier to receive CMH 150 years after battle

    Quote Originally Posted by The Tradition
    Why now?

    150th anniversary of the battle is my guess.

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