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I know this might interest you or any other history buff. At 11:45 eastern time today on CSPAN there will be a medal of honor ceremony for Lt. Alonzo Cushing. He died 151 years ago during the Battle of Gettysburg and is now receiving recognition.

Little background on him. He was only 22 years old and commanded 6 guns in the center of the union line. On July 3rd, the artillery bombardment preceding Pickett's Charge he took a piece of shrapnel to the shoulder, his stomach, and possibly his genitals. Four of his six guns were knocked out of action but he kept his place in line despite his wounds and the condition of his battery of guns.

During the charge he kept his two remaining guns firing at the Confederate onslaught and while giving his last order, took a bullet through the mouth and killing him instantly.

Thought you might want to know.

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Come on Tdawg.  If you were shot in your genetals when you were 22, there wouldn't be any reason to live, so why not go out in a blaze of glory.  

I'll bet a lot of guys in that war felt that way. With the state of medicine back then, the urge to end it all on the battlefield rather than suffer and be disabled for life (no social support back then) would have been pretty strong for many.

That would have been a hard war to fight in for many reasons.

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