Camp #5 meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Saukville Community Center, 639 Green Bay Ave., Saukville (two blocks west of I-43, exit Highway 33).
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About Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing
US First Lieutenant, Battery A, 4th United States Regular Artillery. Born January 19, 1841, in what is now the City of Delafield, Wisconsin. His naval hero brother, William Barker Cushing, was also born near Delafield in 1842.
They were the youngest of four brothers to serve in the Union Army. Alonzo, at the height of the "Pickett's Charge" centering on the position of his artillery battery, was shot in the arm then moments later, a shell fragment tore into his groin. In great pain, he continued to command. With the assistance of his 1st Sergeant, Frederick Fuger and the few artillerymen left alive, they continued to fire the last two serviceable guns into the face of the enemy coming over the stone wall called "The Angle." As Cushing opened his mouth to command "Fire" for the next round, he was hit in the mouth by a minnie bullet, killing him instantly. Sgt. Fuger caught Cushing and laid him down, turned and continued commanding the two guns. Alonzo Cushing was 22 years old at his death.
Lt. Cushing's body was returned to his family and buried at West Point beneath a headstone inscribed "Faithful until death." Cushing's name continues to be remembered in Delafield - it graces a park in Delafield, and a white obelisk monument was dedicated there in 1915. Cushing Elementary School was named in his honor as well.
More than 151 years after his stand, Cushing received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on 6 November 2014. President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Lieutenant Cushing with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg. He was the sixty-fourth soldier to be so honored for heroism at Gettysburg.
About Cushing's Battery
Cushing's Battery is a non-profit, non-stock corporation formed in 1992 in Saukville, Wisconsin whose purpose is to educate the public in the military aspects of the American Civil War focusing mainly on the Union Artillery. Many of the Camp 5 members are also members of Cushing's Battery.
The Battery owns its own full scale, reproduction Model 1860 3-inch Ordnance Rifle artillery piece that has won live shoot competitions. The Battery supports itself by donations, fund raising events and paid demonstrations.
Days the flag should be flown
||Camp meeting, 7 p.m.
||Wreaths Across America, 11 a.m., Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee
|| Christmas Day
||Camp meeting, 7 p.m., Saukville Community Center, 639 Green Bay Ave., Saukville
||Dept. of Wisconsin Mid-Winter Meeting, 9 a.m., Alioto's Restaurant, 3041 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa
47th Annual Patriotic Luncheon, 12:30 p.m., Alioto's Restaurant
|Dousman Stagecoach Inn: In the photo Brothers Aronis (near) and Bollen (far) are falling out for the flag raising ceremony at Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum. Each year the Elmbrook Historical Society sponsors a Civil War Weekend event at the Inn, where Cushing's Battery (many are Camp 5 members) explain, demonstrate operation and fire the cannon.
||Civil War Expo in Grafton: Past Camp Commander Richard Rohan (at left) discussed the Civil War with a patron at the annual Civil War Expo at the Grafton Public Library. Each year Camp 5 sets up a display table and fields questions about the Civil War from the public.
|The Camp 5 membership takes a break during a monthly meeting to pose for a photo. |