It's an opinion question out of an awful war. Accounts from battles still can't give us an idea what it was like to live through say, hand to hand fighting at The Muleshoe, at Spotsylvania, or bang together a pontoon bridge under fire, at Fredericksburg. Vets here have a better inkling than anyone else. Plus, if it helps, March, 1863 is when they changed the rules ( thankfully ). Still, since it's opinion, including actions from the beginning is fair. Had no idea Alonzo Cushing only made qualifications by a few months, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hnfbk4;view=2up;seq=80;size=150 Article mentions 1862, a little confused- seems to be 1863? Since inception, 3,517 of our most prestigious military awards have been issued. Data base, since 1861, below. MoH began as Navy, which did not last long. 1,522 recipients were Civil War soldiers- and one female doctor, Mary Walker. http://mohmuseum.org/recipient-database/ Found a great list and quite a few MoH from Gettysburg, along with other battles- Anyway, someone bumped a conversation on Alonzo Cushing whose 150 year, belated MoH so delighted us. Yes, a well known act, grown legendary. Does anyone know of men who, in your opinion fulfill the requirements laid down to be considered for a Medal of Honor, please? And why?