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Cushing's Battery
(Battery A, 4th U.S. LA)

Cushing's Battery (Battery A, 4th U.S. LA) was organized in January 1980 under the command of Sgt. Ernst J. Frankenberg.

In 1988, the battery was reorganized under the leadership of 1Lt. Ronald Aronis. The battery focused on historical accuracy, organization and safety. Additional members were recruited and fund rasiers were held. Soon the battery purchased its own cannon and acquired a bus.

In addition to reenactments and living histories, the battery marches in the Mukwonago Lions parade and the West Allis Western days parade. It visits schools in Delafield, Franklin, Kohler and elsewhere to present Civil War material to students.

On Memorial Day weekend 1997, the battery started a tradition of maintenance and patriotic programs at Cushing Park, Delafield, Wisconsin. The park is the site of the Cushing homestead, where four Cushing brothers, including the battery's namesake, Alonzo, grew up. the park was established by the Grand Army of the Republic and maintained by the Allied Orders until taken over by the state and then the city. Battery members plant flowers, prune trees and shrubs, and police the area for rubbish. On Memorial Day, a public program, honoring the Cushings and all Union dead is held.

In 1998, the battery worked successfully to get a large bronze plaque returned to the Cushing brothers monument in the park. It had been stolen and sold as an antique in Illinois.

In 1999, Cushing's Battery formed its own SUVCW Camp, Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing Camp #5.

Cannon Safety Page - many people attending re-enactments do not recognize dangerous conditions under which artillery should never be approached. To help resolve this problem, Cushing's Battery has developed a Cannon Safety Page to demonstrate safe and unsafe conditions when around an artillery battery. This page may be downloaded and printed on your computer (PDF format; 1.5 MB)


1Lt. Ronald Aronis, Commander
P.O. Box 205
Saukville, WI 53080-0205
(262) 284-3654

1Sgt. Richard Young, Adjutant
321 South Spring Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
(262) 228-7076

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