147 years later, Wis. Civil War soldier gets medal

For North Carolinians the event which propelled this Officer and his battery has become a cause has been celebrated under the title "Farthest at Gettysburg". Almost every school boy knows there was a battle at Gettysburg in July 1863. The attack on the Union center sometimes called "Picketts Charge" included not only the Division of George Pickett but the Division of James Pettigrew of North Carolina troops and the Division of Isaac R. Trimble which also had contingents of NC Troops.

...On July 3rd, the 26th NC Troops participated in the Pettigrew-Trimble-Pickett Assault against the center of the Federal line on Cemetery Hill. Having the colors shot down eight more times, the regiment planted its colors on the Federal works -- The Angle -- achieving the farthest advance of any Confederate unit during this epic struggle. On 3 July, the unit lost an additional 120 men. The regiment suffered greatly during this three-day bloodletting. Company F, The Hibriten Guards, suffered a 100 percent loss with all of its ninety one men and officers being killed or wounded. The 26th holds the tragic distinction of suffering the highest casualties of any unit, Confederate or Union, during the Battle of Gettysburg...26th NCT History

During a ceremony on May 17th, 2008 the original flag carried and lost at the angle, was restored through the efforts of the 26th NC Troops (reactivated) and is on loan from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond Va.

DELAFIELD, Wis. – Seven score and seven years ago, a wounded Wisconsin soldier stood his ground on the Gettysburg battlefield and made a valiant stand before he was felled by a Confederate bullet.

Now, thanks to the dogged efforts of modern-day supporters, 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing shall not have died in vain, nor shall his memory have perished from the earth.

Descendants and some Civil War history buffs have been pushing the U.S. Army to award the soldier the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration. They'll soon get their wish.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh has approved their request, leaving a few formal steps before the award becomes official this summer. Cushing will become one of 3,447recipients of the medal, and the second from the Civil War honored in the last 10 years.

It's an honor that's 147 years overdue, said Margaret Zerwekh. The 90-year-old woman lives on the land in Delafield where Cushing was born, and jokes she's been adopted by the Cushing family for her efforts to see Alonzo recognized.

"I was jumping up and down when I heard it was approved," said Zerwekh, who walks with two canes. "I was terribly excited."

Cushing died on July 3, 1863, the last day of the three-day battle of Gettysburg. He was 22.

The West Point graduate and his men of the Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery were defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett's Charge, a major Confederate thrust that could have turned the tide in the war.

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was planning an invasion of the North; both sides knew how important this engagement was.

Cushing commanded about 110 men and six cannons. His small force along with reinforcements stood their ground under artillery bombardment as nearly 13,000 Confederate infantrymen waited to advance.

Above: A Union Light Artillery Battery in position for action. Cushing's battery would have looked similar at Gettysburg.

"Clap your hands as fast as you can — that's as fast as the shells are coming in," said Scott Hartwig, a historian with the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. "They were under terrific fire."

The bombardment lasted two hours. Cushing was wounded in the shoulder and groin, and his battery was left with two guns and no long-range ammunition. His stricken battery should have been withdrawn and replaced with reserve forces, Hartwig said, but Cushing shouted that he would take his guns to the front lines.

"What that means is, 'While I've got a man left to fight, I'll fight,'" Hartwig said. Within minutes, he was killed by a Confederate bullet to the head.

Confederate soldiers advanced into the Union fire, but finally retreated with massive casualties. The South never recovered from the defeat.

The soldier's bravery so inspired one Civil War history buff that he took up Cushing's cause by launching a Facebook page titled "Give Alonzo Cushing the Medal of Honor." Phil Shapiro, a 27-year-old Air Force captain, said such heroism displayed in one of the nation's most pivotal battles deserved recognition, even at this late date.

"We need to honor those people who got our country to where it is," said Shapiro, of Cabot, Ark.

Zerwekh first started campaigning for Cushing in 1987 by writing to Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire. Proxmire entered comments into the Congressional Record, she said, and she assumed that was as far as it would go. But current Sen. Russ Feingold later pitched in and helped Zerwekh and others petition the Army.

After a lengthy review of historical records, the Army agreed earlier this year to recommend the medal.

More than 1,500 soldiers from the Civil War have received the Medal of Honor, according to the Defense Department. The last honoree for Civil War service was Cpl. Andrew Jackson Smith of Clinton, Ill., who received the medal in 2001.

The Cushing name is prominent in the southeastern Wisconsin town of Delafield. A monument to Cushing and two of his brothers — Naval Cmdr. William Cushing and Army 1st Lt. Howard Cushing — stands at Cushing Memorial Park, where the town holds most of its Memorial Day celebrations.

Shapiro, the Facebook fan, said he thought of Alonzo Cushing plenty of times last year as he faced a number of dangerous situations during a five-month stint in Iraq.

"I'd think about what Cushing accomplished, what he was able to deal with at age 22," Shapiro said. "I thought if he could do that then I can certainly deal with whatever I'm facing."
DINESH RAMDE, Associated Press Writer

An interesting note is that the brother of Alonzo Cushing, William who as a Union Navy, Lieutenant, sank the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle in Plymouth NC on 27 October 1864.

Deo Vindice.



Amazing Grace, Subtle Heresy.

This is one of the most played hymns in my parish. I suppose it is because the tune is known to everyone, and it is easy to sing. I have never liked this hymn. It has been placed in the hymnal by the publisher who evidently had no idea of Catholicity. It is sung or played way too often.

Several years ago Fr George Rutler had on EWTN a series about sacred music. That is where my eyes were first opened to the subtle forms of heresy.
It is in my will and has been made clear to everyone in my family that this is not to be played at my funeral.

I have my subject for next week's class.



that splinter from your eye...

Sexual abuse by anyone is a heinous crime. When I write case reviews in my work that is exactly how I classify that crime. Sexual abuse by anyone demeans the humanity of the victim. It is about sexual gratification, it is about the perceived power of one person over the other. It is a violation of one God given right to life.

The Catholic Church, the very body of Christ's bride has been devastated by this sin for many more years than I care to remember. There can be no excuse, nor defense. Recently however I have been assailed by persons of other religions and ecclesiastic communities, who affected a position of moral outrage.

I did a bit of research.

Here is something I found out, the incidence of sexual abuse by teachers is higher than the Catholic Church. Sex Abuse by Teachers Said Worse Than Catholic Church (Jon E. Dougherty, Newsmax Monday, Apr. 05, 2004.) yet we never hear about that in the news, except if it is about a cutesy teacher and a teenaged boy.

A German Protestant church is forced to appologize for sex abuse. The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, the second largest Protestant Church in Germany, is the latest church body to apologize to victims of sexual abuse in their institutions.
Christian Century, April 20, 2010.

February 2, 2009 When Joel Engelman was 8 years old, he says, he was called from his Hebrew class to the principal's office at his Brooklyn yeshiva, a Jewish religious school. His parents had recently told Rabbi Avrohom Reichman that their son had been abused by an older boy at the school, he says. Alleged Victims and Advocates Say Sex Abuse Common, Rarely Discussed(By SCOTT MICHELS May 5, 2009) What! a self imposed coverup?

"How can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove that splinter from your eye,' while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye." Matthew 5: 4-5 NAB


It is Poiters undone...

All of the former victories against Islam must be forgotten. Poiters, Jerusalem, the Reconquesta, Lepanto, Vienna, all undone. Birth control, abortion, the "ME" generations of the "60s", and the left have conspired against God and Christianity to hand us over the the Muslim. Forbid it almighty God! Deliver us from evil of Islam.

This video is 2 years old yet nothing has changed, so goodbye to Canada and the France of my ancestors; goodbye Britain, goodbye Holland, Germany, Belguim, Italy, Greece. Goodbye. Our souls for pleasure were given up.


Belgians are remembered in "fateful days"

Matterhorn's "Cross of Laeken" remebers the "Fateful Days" when the Nazis rolled across Belgium.


St. Maximilian Kolbe

...Maximilian Kolbe was born in Poland on January 8, 1894 and was baptized on his birth date with the name Raymond. Maximilian (the name he would take in religious life) was a highly intelligent boy, and boisterous, but rather obstinate and self-willed. At about the age of nine, shortly after having made his First Holy Communion, an incident took place that would forever change him. One day in church while he was praying before a statue of Our Lady, Mary appeared to him holding two crowns: a white crown for purity, and a red crown for martyrdom. She asked him if he wanted them and Maximilian responded, “Yes” — he wanted both crowns. After this apparition his mother, Maria, noticed a sudden and profound change in her son: he was meditative, solemn, and often found praying before a statue of Our Lady in their home...more...

Thanks to Credidimus Caritati


Hommage à Sainte Jeanne d'Arc, 9 mai 2010

Le dimanche 9 mai 2010, l'Institut Civitas a organisé à Paris un défilé en hommage à Sainte Jeanne d'Arc. Cette manifestation a réuni 2700 personnes entre la place Saint-Augustin et la place des Pyramides, en passant par la Concorde et la rue de Rivoli. Cette vidéo est le reportage de cette manifestation, avec de larges extraits des discours prononcés devant la statue de Sainte Jeanne d'Arc par moniseur l'abbé Beauvais et Alain Escada.

Réalisé et produit pour l'institut Civitas par Jean-Paul et Jacques Buffet.