Frederick Alber

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Frederick Alber
Born (1838-06-28)June 28, 1838
Died September 12, 1913(1913-09-12) (aged 75)
Columbiaville, Michigan
Place of burial Oregon Township Cemetery, Lapeer County, Michigan
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862 - 1865
Rank Private
Unit 17th Michigan Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
-Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Awards Medal of Honor

Frederick Alber (June 28, 1838 – September 12, 1913) was a soldier in the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for valor in action.


Alber was born on June 28, 1838, in Germany. He joined the 17th Michigan Infantry from Manchester, Michigan in July 1862. In 1864, while serving as a private during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, he rescued an officer from his regiment who had been captured by Confederate troops, and captured two of the Confederates.

Alber died in September 12, 1913, and is buried in Oregon Township Cemetery in Lapeer County, Michigan.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, Company A, 17th Michigan Infantry. Place and date: At Spotsylvania, Va., May 12, 1864. Entered service at: Manchester, Mich. Born: 1838, Germany. Date of issue: July 30, 1896.


Bravely rescued Lt. Charles H. Todd of his regiment who had been captured by a party of Confederates by shooting down one, knocking over another with the butt of his musket, and taking them both prisoners.

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