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Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Commander

by Kent Masterson Brown

Availablepaperback$24.95s 978-0-8131-0953-4
Out of Printcloth$32.00 978-0-8131-1837-6
368 pages  Pubdate: 09/03/1998  6 x 9  illus, maps

" Kent Brown's stunning account of the career of Lt. Alonzo Hereford Cushing offers valuable insights into the nature of the Civil War and the men who fought it. Brown's vivid descriptions of the heat and exhaustion of forced marches, of the fury of battle, have seldom been matched in Civil War literature.

Cushing is the most famous lieutenant killed during the entire Civil War, and few who stop at Gettysburg fail to hear of the boy who died behind the wheel of his last gun as Pickett's Virginians surged by. -- Blue & Gray Magazine

Vivid descriptions, accurate maps, an inside view of battle strategy from the officers' tents and finally the horror of the battles are provided in generous but readable portions. -- Bourbon (Paris, KY) Times

Extraordinarily gripping. This book will remain current as long as interest in the Civil War remains alive. -- Charles P. Roland

A beautifully written and researched biography of a young officer who lost his life defending Cemetery Ridge against the famous Confederate assault on July 16, 1863. -- Civil War

Brown successfully addresses how the Civil War transformed ethnic relationships in nineteenth-century America and redefined what it meant to be an American. -- Civil War Regiments

A touching and illuminating account of a brief, heroic life. -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Brown is a good story teller, which is especially evident in the poignant opening chapter describing Cushing's West Point funeral. -- Society of Civil War Historians Newsletter

This biography of artillery officer Alonzo Hereford Cushing reads like a Greek tragedy. -- Southern Seen

Alonzo Cushing, the subject of Cushing of Gettysburg, was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor.