Powhatan Beaty, 1SG (USA)

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Powhatan Beaty, 1SG (USA)

Birthplace: Richmond, VA, USA
Death: Died in Cincinnati, OH, USA
Place of Burial: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Occupation: 5TH US Colored Infantry (Civil War)
Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About Powhatan Beaty, 1SG (USA)

Powhatan Beaty (October 8, 1837 – December 6, 1916) was born into slavery, an African American soldier and actor. During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army's 5th United States Colored Infantry Regiment throughout the Richmond–Petersburg Campaign. He received America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for taking command of his company at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm after all officers had been killed and/or wounded.

Following the war, he became an orator and actor, appearing in amateur theater productions in his home of Cincinnati, Ohio. His most well-known stage performance was an 1884 appearance at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., opposite Henrietta Vinton Davis.

Medal of Honor citation


Took command of his company, all the officers having been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it

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Powhatan Beaty, 1SG (USA)'s Timeline

October 8, 1837
Richmond, VA, USA
December 6, 1916
Age 79
Cincinnati, OH, USA
Cincinnati, OH, USA