The monument to Alonzo Cushing’s Battery A, 4th United States Artillery is south of Gettysburg at The Angle. (Hancock Avenue at Ziegler’s Grove tour map) Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing commanded the battery at Gettysburg. He was mortally wounded at the height of Pickett’s Charge. Sergeant Frederick Fuger took over the battery when Cushing fell. There is a monument to Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing nearby.
|Sergeant Frederick Fuger, who fired the last shot of the battery when Cushing was killed, received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg. After a long campaign Alonzo Cushing was finally awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014 “for acts of bravery above and beyond the call of duty”.|
From the monument
Army of the Potomac
Battery A 4th United States Artillery
Six 3 inch Rifles
Lieut. Alonzo Cushing and Sergt. Frederick Fuger Commanding
July 2 Arrived and took position with the brigade of Brig. General A.S. Webb, Second Division, Second Corps and took part in the artillery engagements during the day.
July 3 Engaged in the repulse of Longstreet’s Assault and lost all its officers killed or wounded and all the guns but one and all its horses but three were disabled. Lieut Cushing was killed while firing the last shot from the only effective gun. After the repulse of Longstreet’s Assault the Battery was withdrawn.
Casualties: killed 1 officer and 5 men, wounded 1 officer and 31 men
Location of the monument to Battery A
The monument is south of Gettysburg at The Angle. It is on the west side of Hancock Avenue just north of the Copse of Trees. (39°48’47.4″N 77°14’08.9″W) Hancock Avenue is one way northbound.