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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 15/08/1835 Germany. d. 01/08/1919 Pennsylvania.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 17/09/1862 Antietam, Maryland.

 

After emigrating from Germany at age 15, he became a cobbler in Allentown. Just days after the outbreak of the Civil War in April 1861, he enlisted in the "Allen Guards", a Pennsylvania militia unit that would become part of the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a three-month enlistment regiment that served until July 1861. After the war stretched into its second year, he enlisted in the 128th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. A nine-month service unit, in August 1862, becoming a Corporal in Company D. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.

 

He was awarded his Medal on December 12, 1895, thirty three years later. The comrade he saved would survive until 1907 and serve two terms as a United States Congressman, and he himself lived until 1919, passing away at age 84.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

While exposed to the fire of the enemy, carried from the field a wounded comrade.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: UNION-WEST END CEMETERY, ALLENTOWN, PENNSLYVANIA.

Union Section Lot 819

Ignatz Gresser

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