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American Civil War
Colored Troops
Medal Of Honor Winners


Powhatan Beaty

First Sergeant, Co. G, 5th U.S. Colored Troops. Powhatan Beaty was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1839. He entered the service June 7 1863.

He saw action at Chaffin's Farm (Fort Harrison), VA on September 29 1864. His citation reads that Beaty "took command of his company, all the officers having been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it."

The Medal of Honor was presented on April 6 1865. Powhatan Beaty was a 24-year-old farmer when he enlisted. He stood 5' 7" tall. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on June 9th 1863 at Camp Delaware, Ohio, two days after enlisting.

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