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17-76 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry - 5th United States Colored Troops

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Side A: Robert Pinn. During the Civil War in 1863, twenty-year-old Massillon farmer Robert Pinn enlisted in the 5th Regiment, Company I, United States Colored Troops (USCT) at his first opportunity, saying, "I was very eager to become a soldier, in order to prove by my feeble efforts the black man's rights to untrammeled manhood." At the battle for New Market Heights in the 1864 Richmond campaign, he assumed command of his company after his unit's officers were all killed or wounded - and was himself wounded three times. For his meritorious conduct Pinn received the Congressional Medal of Honor, one of four African Americans so honored from the 5th USCT. Following the war he attended Oberlin College and became a successful Massillon attorney. He died in 1911 and is interred here. Side B: Same. Same