In 1863, Alonzo Cushing would find himself within the eye of the largest engagement of the American Civil War: Gettysburg.
Twice-wounded while desperately attempting to return fire, Cushing defiantly ordered more guns to the front, with an orderly-sergeant propping him up on his last remaining piece. “That’s excellent!” he told his men, “Keep that range.” Seconds later, he was struck in the head by a bullet, dying, as his battery fired their last rounds against the advancing enemy.
For his actions that day, his descendants were presented the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Obama in 2014, 151-years later.
Read more here: http://www.civilwar.org/…/alonzo-h-cu…/Alonzo-H-Cushing.html
I had fun researching appropriate colors (17!) for that sharp West Point uniform too. The most challenging bit was the rare M1840 cadet sword which apparently had a silver hilt and brown leather scabbard. Upon closer inspection, I also determined that Cushing’s had two decorative knots: one of brown leather, the other of gold-gilt.
My decision on the hair and eyes was from a Wall Street Journal article by Prof. Allen Guelzo, who describes Cushing as, “blue-eyed, with reddish-brown hair and a bit on the small size.”