Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

    A Union Army officer killed more than 150 years ago during the Battle of Gettysburg is receiving the nation’s highest military honor from President Barack Obama.

    It took an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers of First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing to get the Wisconsin native the recognition they thought he deserved.

    Cushing was killed in July 1863. Recommendations for a Medal of Honor usually must be made within two years of an act of heroism.

    The White House says two of Cushing’s cousins are joining Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony Thursday to commemorate the lieutenant’s service and sacrifice.

    Obama and Mrs. Obama are also holding a White House event later Thursday to honor service members, veterans and their families.

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