Pvt. Peter Kapesser, Medal of Honor

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Peter Kappesser

Birthplace: Germany
Death: May 31, 1930 (91) (appendicitis)
Place of Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery in Syracuse, New York
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Adam Kappesser and Elisabeth Kappesser
Husband of Jennie Kappesser and Helene Kappesser
Father of Jennie B Kappesser; Katherine Kate Kappesser; Florence Kappesser; Henry F W Kappesser and Peter Kappesser, Jr.

Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Pvt. Peter Kapesser, Medal of Honor

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Peter Kappesser, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 24 November 1863, while serving with Company B, 149th New York Infantry, in action at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, for capture of Confederate flag (Bragg's army).

General Orders: Date of Issue: June 28, 1865

Action Date: November 24, 1863

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company B

Division: 149th New York Infantry



Peter Kappesser enlisted on August 31, 1862 at the age of 24. He received the Medal of Honor by the Secretary of War for the capture of a Confederate battle flag from Walthall's Mississippi Brigade of the 34th Mississippi Infantry at The Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee on November 24, 1863.

The Battle of Lookout Maintain was part of the Third Battle of Chattanooga.


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