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Robert Pinn-Medal of Honor-US Colored Troops
On this Veterans Day a thought goes out to the memory of First Sergeant Robert A. Pinn, Company I, 5th U.S. Colored Troops. Robert Pinn was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic actions at Chapin's Farm, VA on September 29, 1864. On that day Robert Pinn took command of his company after all officers had been killed or wounded, and gallantly led his company in battle.
Robert Pinn descended from the Lower Cherokee of the Carolina upcountry who were brought by way of the Ashley River in South Carolina to Lancaster County, VA.
The story of Robert Pinn was reported in "The Negro Almanac" third edition, edited by Warren Quincy Marr II of the Friends of Amistad. Ironically Warren,the gr grandson of Eliza Nickens and John Quincy Marr, was not aware at the time that he himself was a Pinn, descended from the Revolutionary War Sailors James Bateman Nickens and John Pinn via Sarah Pinn Nickens.
Capt. John Quincy Marr of the Warrenton Rifles was the first Confederate officer killed in the Civil War.