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b. 23/01/1825 Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. d. 05/03/1902 Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 13/12/1862 Fredericksburg, Virginia.

                                           03/05/1863 Chancellorsville, Virginia.

 

Frick was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, a fourth-generation descendant of Swiss immigrants. In June 1846, following the outbreak of the Mexican-American War, he was commissioned a Third Lieutenant in the 3rd Ohio Infantry Regiment. When the war ended, he received a regular army commission in the 11th US Infantry Regiment. He served as an instructor at Fort McHenry, and was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention.

 

Eighteen soldiers were awarded Medals of Honor for their heroism during the heavy fighting at Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13, 1862. In action against the Confederate forces, Frick seized the colors and led his command through a terrible fire of enemy cannon and musketry. On May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Virginia, Frick recovered the colors of his regiment in a hand-to-hand engagement, after the flag had been taken by Confederate forces.

 

Frick later led the 27th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia during the Gettysburg Campaign. His men successfully burned the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge to prevent its capture by Confederate infantry under Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon. Later, he consulted with Col. Henry Pleasants regarding digging a mine under Confederate entrenchments during the 1864 Siege of Petersburg that resulted in the Battle of the Crater. After the war, Frick returned to Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

At Fredericksburg seized the colors and led the command through a terrible fire of cannon and musketry. In a hand-to-hand fight at Chancellorsville, recaptured the colors of his regiment.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: PRESBYTERIAN CEMETERY, POTTSVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA.

Plot: Lot 346 (Half way up the hill)

 

Jacob Gellert Frick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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