December 31, 1862 – This Day During The American Civil War – Frederick Phisterer Medal of Honor recipient (October 11, 1836 – July 13, 1909) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Phisterer received his country’s highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor. Phisterer’s medal was won for actions at the Battle of Stones River at Murfreesboro, Tennessee
First Lieutenant Phisterer’s official Medal of Honor citation reads:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Frederick Phisterer, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 31 December 1862, while serving with 18th U.S. Infantry, in action at Stone River, Tennessee. First Lieutenant Phisterer voluntarily conveyed, under a heavy fire, information to the commander of a battalion of regular troops by which the battalion was saved from capture or annihilation.