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Jacob G. Frick

Jacob G. Frick , Civil War Colonel and Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Northumberland, Pennsylvania on January 23, 1825. He was one of 16 children including his sister Catherine, wife of Eli Slifer.  Two of his brothers were noted businessmen—William Frick was a successful boat-builder in Northumberland and Henry Frick later joined his brother’s business.

Frick’s military career started in June 1846 when he enlisted as a Third Lieutenant of the 3rd Ohio Infantry during the Mexican War.  He was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 11th U.S. Infantry and entered the Civil War on September 23, 1861 as a Lieutenant Colonel for the 129th Pennsylvania Infantry. 

Believed to be the first Congressional Medal of Honor winner from Schuylkill County, Frick won his medal for his performances on the battlefield at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia. During the Fredericksburg charge on December 13, 1862, Major Hooker asked Frick to lead the assault personally. Frick did so, seizing the flag when it fell and continuing to lead his men to the stone wall.  He was wounded and the charge failed, but Jacob continued to hold the flag.  The Chancellorsville fighting took place on May 3, 1863 when the colors were twice seized and Frick returned them through hand-to-hand combat. After the enlistment of Frick's regiment expired, he served as Colonel of the 27th Volunteer Militia to guard Pennsylvania from Confederate invasion.  He was ordered to guard the vital bridge across the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville and Columbia and defend Lancaster County.  His regiment was engaged in battle on June 28, 1863 and eventually was forced to burn the bridge to prevent its use by the Confederates. 

Frick was a Republican and served as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1860 and 1868.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor on June 7, 1892.  Colonel Frick died on March 5, 1902 and is buried in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

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Frick, Jacob G., 1825-1902

Researched, authored, and edited by Margaret Browndorf.

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