One Woman’s Research and a Medal of Honor for a Civil War Hero 150 Years in the Grave

28 Aug

WASHINGTON — He went off to fight, telling a cousin that “I may never return” but “I will gain a name in this war.” First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing proved right on both counts. He did not return, and now, after an epic delay notable even in a town famed for taking its time, his name will at long last be honored at the White House.

Lt. Cushing’s case, notes Peter Baker in the New York Times, was sustained largely through the persistence of one woman:

Margaret Zerwekh, the granddaughter of a Union veteran whose house sits on land once owned by Lieutenant Cushing’s father in Delafield, Wis. A history buff who named her pet goose Pepin, after Charlemagne’s son, Ms. Zerwekh became intrigued by the story of Lieutenant Cushing, who died childless.

Although he is honored by a plaque at Gettysburg, she decided to wage a one-woman campaign for the nation’s highest recogniti0n. “Mon loves to do research,” said Sally Weber, Ms. Zerwekh’s daughter.

You can find the entire story here: Medal of Honor for a Civil War Hero 150 Years in the Grave – NYTimes.com.

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