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Army Sec. recommends medal for Civil War soldier

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The secretary of the Army says a Wisconsin Civil War hero deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, has been lobbying on behalf of a group of Wisconsin citizens pushing for Alonzo H. Cushing to receive the award posthumously. Cushing, of Delafield, fought in several battles, including Bull Run and Gettysburg, where he was seriously wounded during Pickett's Charge but stayed in the fight until he was killed.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh has sent Feingold a letter saying he will recommend Congress approve the award. McHugh says Cushing clearly distinguished himself.

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