b. 01/03/1843 Massillon, Ohio. d. 05/01/1911 Massillon, Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/09/1864 Chaffin's Farm, Virginia.
Robert A. Pinn was one of only four Black Americans from Ohio to receive the Medal of Honor. Pinn was born on a Perry Township farm and was the sixth of 10 children born to William and Zilphia Penn. He attended school and worked on the farm until he was 18.
Pinn joined the Army in Massillon, Ohio, and by September 29, 1864, he was serving as a First Sergeant in Company I of the 5th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment, also known as the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. On that day, his unit participated in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm in Virginia, and it was for his actions during the battle that he was awarded the Medal of Honor six months later, on April 6, 1865.
Pinn returned to Massillion after the war where he worked as a contractor and teamster. In 1874 he entered Oberlin College and after graduation served as principal of Cairo High School and taught school in South Carolina. After teaching, Pinn returned to Massillion and read in the law office of Robert H. Folger. Pinn was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1879.
Pinn was married to Emily J. Manzilla, (deceased 1890) and they had a daughter Gracie R. Pinn (deceased 1938). Pinn died at age 67 and was buried in Massillon City Cemetery, Massillon, Ohio.
Took command of his company after all the officers had been killed or wounded and gallantly led it in battle.
BURIAL LOCATION: MASSILLON CITY CEMETERY, MASSILLON, OHIO.
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