(1843 - 1904)
George Geiger was a Jewish American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in honor of his valor during the Indian Wars.
Geiger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and enlisted with the 47th Ohio Infantry on June 15, 1861. During the American Civil War, Geiger was captured by Confederate forces outside of Atlanta and was imprisoned in the Andersonville Prison Camp for two months and four days.
Initially discharged on August 11, 1865, Geiger reenlisted in the 7th U.S. Calvary on October 15, 1866. During the Battle of Little Big Horn (Montana) on June 25, 1876, Geiger and three companions courageously
held a position against fierce attacks from the Indians to secure
water for the command. For his bravery, Geiger was awarded the Medal of Honor on October 5, 1878.
Geiger died in 1904 and was buried in the Dayton National Cemetery in Ohio.
Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, compiled by Seymour "Sy" Brody