b. 07/01/1825 Phippsburg, Maine. d. 09/09/1903 Bath, Maine.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 24/04/1862 New Orleans, Louisiana.
Frisbee was born on January 7, 1825 in Phippsburg, Maine. He joined the Navy from Brookline, Massachusetts in August 1861, and served during the Civil War as a gunner’s mate on the USS Pinola. At the Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip near New Orleans on April 24, 1862, Pinola’s berth deck was struck by shellfire and set aflame. Frisbee prevented the fire from spreading to the ship’s stored gunpowder by shutting himself into the magazine. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor a year later on April 3, 1863. He was discharged in October 1863.
Served on board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Pinola during action against Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and during the taking of New Orleans, 24 April 1862. While engaged in the bombardment of Fort St. Philip, Frisbee, acting courageously and without personal regard, closed the powder magazine which had been set afire by enemy shelling and shut off his avenue of escape, thereby setting a high example of bravery. He served courageously throughout these engagements which resulted in the taking of the Forts Jackson and St. Philip and in the surrender of New Orleans.
BURIAL LOCATION: FAIRVIEW CEMETERY, WINNEGANCE, MAINE.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BELIEVED TO BE FAMILY.