Massillon in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Inscription. During the Civil War in 1863, twenty-year-old Massillon farmer Robert Pinn enlisted in the 5th Regiment, Company 1, 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.
By Mike Hofmann, August 23, 2008
1. Robert Pinn Marker
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The P&G Fund, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 17-76.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 46.571′ N, 81° 30.901′ W. Marker is in Massillon, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is on Erie Street South, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near
this postal address: 1827 Erie St. S., Massillon, OH 44646, Massillon OH 44646, United States of America.
By Don Morfe, August 11, 2007
2. Robert Pinn Marker
He is buried in Massillon Cemetery, Section 2, Lot 1, Grave 18737. The GPS coordinates are N40.7757 W81.5154.
MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION-PINN, ROBERT
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company I, 5th U.S. Colored Troops. Place and date: At Chapins Farm, Va., 29 September 1864. Entered service at: Massillon, Ohio. Born: 1 March 1843, Stark County, Ohio. Date of issue: 6 April 1865. Citation: Took command of his company after all the officers had been killed or wounded and gallantly led it in battle.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Private William R. Richardson (here, next to this marker); Football Pioneer Paul E. Brown (approx. 1.4 miles away); Central Firehouse Fire Alarm Bell (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lillian Gish (1893-1993) & Dorothy Gish (1898-1968) (approx. 1.4 miles away); Young People's Christian Association (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Little Steel Strike of 1937 (approx. 1.4 miles away); Nobles Pond (approx. 5.7 miles away); Inventor Henry Timken (approx. 6.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Massillon.
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
By Mike Hofmann, August 23, 2008
3. Massillon Cemetery Building with Robert Pinn historical marker in foreground
By Unknown, circa 1900
4. Robert Pinn - head and shoulders portrait (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress)
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