About Joseph M. Pesch
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Joseph M. Pesch, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on April 28 & 29, 1863, while serving with Battery A, 1st Missouri Light Artillery, in action at Grand Gulf, Mississippi. With two comrades Private Pesch voluntarily took position on board the steamer Cheeseman, in charge of all the guns and ammunition of the battery, and remained in charge of the same, although the steamer became unmanageable and was exposed for some time to a heavy fire from the enemy.
General Orders: Date of Issue: March 10, 1896
Action Date: April 28 & 29, 1863
Company: Battery A
Division: 1st Missouri Light Artillery