Washington D.C - Delafield Civil War hero Lt. Alonzo Cushing will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor - the nation's highest award for valor - according to a news release issued late this afternoon by the White House.
David Krueger, who has represented the City of Delafield on Cushing's behalf, said he was notified of the news release by a reporter for the Washington Times. The Times reporter told Krueger that Cushing's name was included among a list of individuals who are slated to receive the award from the president.
Cushing has been recommended for the medal by the Secretary of Defense. However, the president makes the final decision on Medal of Honor recipients.
Cushing was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg in a skirmish that stalled the Confederate Army's effort to gain new momentum during one of the most important battles in the Civil War.
Krueger has been among city residents who have strived during the past decade to have the medal awarded to the local hero.