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Henry F. Frizzell
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Born: December 1839
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Died: 1904 (aged 64–65)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Unit: 6th Missouri Infantry
Battles: American Civil War
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Henry F. Frizzell (December 1839 – May 1904) was a Union Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient. A Madision County, Missouri native and self-described “Union Man”, he served during the American Civil War. In August 1861, Henry traveled to Camp Blood in Pilot Knob, Missouri and enlisted for 3 years in the 6th Missouri Infantry.


Two months into his service with the Missouri Infantry he contracted the Measles, Bronchitis and sore eyes and was sent to a hospital in Tipton, Missouri. After treatment and recovery, he later rejoined his unit and fought with them at the Battle of Vicksburg in Mississippi. While there Henry joined a fighting group of only unmarried volunteers. This group, called Forlorn Hope, was so named because they were not expected to return. This unit was to storm “Fort Hill” as Henry described it. This “fort” was actually a patchwork of several well-protected forts and entrenchment’s, which housed a Confederate garrison of more than 20,000 men. On May 22, 1863, the brave men of Forlorn Hope attacked Fort Hill. At the end of the battle 85% of this volunteer storming party were either killed or badly wounded. Henry was one of the wounded that day, suffering a gunshot to the head, breaking the bone by his right eye and losing a portion of his right ear. For his actions on that date he would later be awarded the Medal of Honor. To this day, he is the only Medal of Honor recipient from Madison County and one of only 77 from Missouri.

Henry was captured by the confederacy that day. A week later he was released by the confederacy in prisoner exchange and spent the next two months in a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Later in 1863, his unit joined the ranks of General William Tecumseh Sherman and fought in the Battle of Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga. After re-enlisting in January 1864, the Henry and the 6th Missouri infantry joined General Sherman on his march through Georgia. Henry was shot in the left knee on May 14, 1864, at the battle of Resaca Georgia. He continued fighting until in Lynch Creek, North Carolina, the Confederates again captured him on March 1, 1865. After escaping, he heard the war was over and, in his own words, “he started working his way back to Madison County as best he could.”

Henry did made it back to Madison County, eventually getting married and having children. He died in 1904 at the age of 67. He is buried in Mount Lebanon Cemetery Saint Ann, Missouri. Frizzell's marker is located near the front entrance of the cemetery.[1]

See also[]

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  1. Henry F. Frizzell at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2007-11-20