General George Edward Pickett was a major-general in the army of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. During the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg, Pickett’s forces helped contribute to the overwhelming Confederate victory. He led the disastrous and foolhardy “Pickett’s Charge” against Union lines in the Battle of Gettysburg, in the process losing almost his entire division. To his dying day, he bitterly mourned this great loss.
U.S. Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing commanded Battery A, 4th U.S. Artillery during the Civil War. While commanding his guns, on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg, he would be wounded twice. He would be held up so he continue commanding during Pickett's Charge. Finally he would be shot through the head - dying instantly. He is due to receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions at Gettysburg.