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Jacob G. Frick
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Born: January 23, 1825(1825-01-23)
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Died: March 5, 1902 (aged 77)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: Union Army
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Rank: Colonel
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Unit: Army of the Potomac
Commands: 129th Pennsylvania Infantry, 27th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia
Battles: American Civil War
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Jacob G. Frick (January 23, 1825 – March 5, 1902) was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his gallantry in action while serving as the colonel of the 129th Pennsylvania Infantry at the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

Civil War service[]

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, Colonel Jacob Frick seized the colors and led his command through a terrible fire of enemy cannon and musketry. On May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Virginia, Colonel Frick recovered the colors of his regiment in a hand-to-hand engagement, after the flag had been taken by Confederate forces.[1]

Frick, a native of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and a veteran of the Mexican War, 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.

He died in Pottsville in 1902 and is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Colonel, 129th Pennsylvania Infantry
Place and date: At Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13, 1862. At Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863.
Entered service at: Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Born: January 23, 1838, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Date of issue: June 7, 1892.


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.[2]

See also[]

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  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
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