ACTION: Chaffin's Farm (Fort Harrison), VA.
DATE: 29 September 1864.
NAME: Pinn, Robert.
RANK/UNIT: 1st Sergeant, Co. I, 5th U.S. Colored Troops.
CITATION: "Took command of his company after all the officers had been killed or wounded and gallantly led it in battle."
MEDAL PRESENTED: 6 April 1865.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA: Born: Stark County, Ohio. 1 March 1843.
ENTERED SERVICE: Massillon, OH. (Camp Delaware), September 5, 1863.
OTHER: Sergeant Pinn was a 20-year-old farmer when he joined the army. According to the records he stood six feet in height. Pinn was promoted to Sgt. on October 18, 1863 and to 1st Sgt. on September 1, 1864. On the same day that he won his medal for gallantry at Fort Harrison, Pinn was wounded in action at nearby Fort Gilmer. He was subsequently hospitalized at Portsmouth, VA. First Sergeant Pinn was mustered out of service at Carolina City, NC, on September 20, 1865.
An order from Gen. Benjamin Butler, dated 11 October 1864, had this to say:
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