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Frederick Alber
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Born: June 28, 1838(1838-06-28)
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Died: September 12, 1913 (aged 75)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Private
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Unit: 17th Michigan Infantry
Battles: American Civil War
-Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
Awards: Medal of Honor
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Frederick Alber (June 28, 1838 – September 12, 1913) was a soldier in the American Civil War who was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in action.


Alber was born in 1838 in Germany. In 1864, while serving as a Private in Company A of the 17th Michigan Infantry 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.

He died in 1913 and is buried in Oregon Township Cemetery in Lapeer County, Michigan.

Medal of Honor citation[]

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.

See also[]

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of American Civil War Medal of Honor recipients: A–F