When awarding the posthumous Medal of Honor to Alonzo Cushing, hero of Gettysburg, the White House misidentified him as 1st Lt. Cushing (“Long overdue: Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War soldier,” Web, Aug. 26). Actually, at the time of his death, the thrice-wounded artillery officer was Maj. Cushing. Posthumously, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
Four Cushing brothers served in uniform. One of them, Navy Lt. William B. Cushing, was voted the Thanks of Congress for sinking the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle, which had been dominating the Roanoke River. Cushing led a nighttime raid, in which he personally attached a “torpedo spar” (a mine on a pole) to the Confederate ship and detonated it.
EUGENE G. WINDCHY