ACTION: Chaffin's Farm (Fort Harrison), VA.
DATE: 29 September 1864.
NAME: Ratcliff, Edward.
RANK/UNIT: 1st Sergeant, Co. C, 38th U.S. Colored Troops.
CITATION: "Commanded and gallantly led his company after the commanding had been killed; was the first enlisted man to enter the enemy's works."
MEDAL PRESENTED: 6 April 1865.
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA: Born: James County, VA. 1835.
ENTERED SERVICE: Yorktown, VA. January 1, 1864.
OTHER: Ratcliff was a 29-year-old laborer when he enlisted for three years service in the U.S. Army. He stood five feet eleven inches tall. Private Ratcliff was transferred from Company I to Company C of the 38th U.S. Colored Troops and promoted to the rank of 1st Sergeant on February 1, 1864. For his gallantry at the battle of Fort Harrison he was promoted to Sergeant-Major on Decomber 24, 1864. Ratcliff was mustered out of service at Indianola, Texas on January 25, 1867.
An order from Gen. Benjamin Butler, dated 11 October 1864, had this to say:
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