Facebook Gets Civil War Soldier His Medal — 147 Years Later

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Did anyone ever think the Civil War and Facebook could be fused together?

Thanks to tireless efforts by both social networkers and one soldier’s modern-day descendants, First Lt. Alonzo Cushing will receive a Medal of Honor — 147 years after his death in Gettysburg, Pa, the AP reported Wednesday.

One part of the effort? You guessed it, a Facebook group — gathering followers to help push Cushing’s cause.

Cushing died at age 22, on the final day of the three-day battle of Gettysburg. See why the Gettysburg Battlefield made TIME’s list of the Top 10 Haunted Places in the world.

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