Athens in Athens County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Milton M. Holland
Born a slave in Texas on August 1, 1844, Holland was brought to the integrated Albany Manual Labor University in 1851 by his friend and owner where he learned the trade of shoemaker. He acted as a servant to Colonel Nelson Van Vorhes from 1861-1863. In the summer of 1863 he formed Company C of Athens County men for the 5th United States Colored Infantry here at this fairgrounds and eventually attained the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major. As a result of rallying the regiment at the Battle of New Market Heights on September 29, 1864, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Butler Medal and a battlefield commission to Captain, the later denied by the War Department on the basis of color.
Erected 2013 by Athens Foundation, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Townsend Camp 108.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 19.834′ N, 82° 6.841′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker can be reached from West Union Street (Ohio Route 56) east of Hospital Drive, on the left when traveling east. Located at the Athens County Fairgrounds, due north of the south gate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 286 West Union Street, Athens OH 45701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Booker T. Washington (approx. 0.4 miles away); Athens Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Eliza Davidson MemorialSusannah Arnold Anthony (approx. half a mile away); World War I Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Japanese Cherry Trees (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ohio's Cherry Trees (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Settlers in Athens County (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 26, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.