A number of historians are sub'ed to Austria-L.
You might want to subscribe and post your query there too:http://www.rootsweb.com/~autwgw/agsfrm.htm
I am not aware of a Cashut conflict.
Kaschau is in today's Kosice (today's Slovakia).
For historical info, see also History section here:http://www.rootsweb.com/~autwgw/agsfr2.htm
The main conflict prior to 1849 was the revolution of 1848:http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/wooton/34/austria/chap4...
For ships & passenger lists please see:http://www.CyndisList.com/ships.htm
Re medals: you could try contacting the war archives:http://www.oesta.gv.at/ebestand/ekv/efr1_kv.htm
[Try to put a picture/scan of the medals online so that we can see them].