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 Joseph Pesch

Joseph Pesch

Birth
Germany
Death 11 Oct 1903 (aged 68)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 281, Lot 4537
Memorial ID 18561 · View Source
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Congressenal Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Grossleiton, Prussia, at the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the Union Army from St. Louis, Missouri. On April 28 and 29, 1863, U.S. Naval forces were engaged with the Confederate batteries along the Mississippi River at Grand Gulf, Mississippi. During this action, the steamer Cheeseman became unmanageable and was subjected to heavy fire. Private Pesch with three members of Company A, of the 1st Missouri Light Artillery, voluntarily took up positions on the steamer. Throughout the perilous engagement, he took charge of all guns and ammunition on the steamer's battery. For Gallatry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on March 10, 1896. He died at age 68 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 26 Nov 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18561
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Pesch (18 Jul 1835–11 Oct 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18561, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .