There is a group of soldiers that often gets forgotten when we remember our troops on Memorial Day: the WACs, the more than 150,000 women who served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
President Lincoln’s death meant that Vice President Andrew Johnson had to be sworn in as the nation’s new president. And the transition from Lincoln’s presidency to Johnson’s provided a retrospective of Lincoln’s life.
“I am glad to see one real American here,” General Robert E. Lee said to one of the somber men gathered in the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s home in Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865.
The odd circumstances of the history of the Medal of Honor mean that there are twenty medals that have been contested almost since the day they were awarded. These are the medals awarded to soldiers who participated in the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre.
On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln spoke at the dedication of a national cemetery at Gettysburg. When the battered armies limped out of Pennsylvania after July’s brutal fight, they left behind them more than seven thousand corpses in a town with fewer than 2500 inhabitants.
Today, November 6, 2014, President Obama awarded First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing of Wisconsin the Medal of Honor for heroism. Cushing kept to his post despite horrific wounds in his shoulder and abdomen, leading his men for ninety minutes until a bullet to his head killed him.