Civil War officer receives Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama stands with Helen Loring Ensign, 85, from Palm Desert, Calif., as he awards the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Obama bestowed the nation’s highest military honor to the Union Officer who was killed more the 150 years ago in the Battle of Gettysburg. Cushing died in July 1863 while standing his ground against Pickett’s Charge. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Weak and bleeding, a Union Army officer who stood fast commanding his artillery battery and was killed as thousands of Confederate forces advanced on his troops received an honor Thursday from President Barack Obama that was more than 150 years in the making: the Medal of Honor.

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