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Joseph Burger

Date of birth: April 16, 1848
Date of death: January 03, 1921
Burial location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Place of Birth: Austria-Hungary, Austria or Swiss Tyrol
Home of record: Lake Crystal Minnesota


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Joseph Burger, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 15 February 1863, while serving with Company H, 2d Minnesota Infantry, in action at Nolensville, Tennessee. Private Burger was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.

General Orders: Date of Issue: September 11, 1897

Action Date: February 15, 1863

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company H

Division: 2d Minnesota Infantry