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Pinn, Robert  

Glenn Allen Knoblock

Civil War soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, was born in Stark County, Ohio. His father was a native of Virginia, while his mother was from Pennsylvania. Federal Census records of 1870 classify Robert Pinn as a “Mulatto,” an indicator that one of his parents was probably white, or perhaps that he was fair in complexion. Little is known about Pinn's early life, but he was most likely raised in Massillon, Canton, or the surrounding area in Stark County. The early years of the Civil War found Pinn a resident of Massilon, Ohio, making a living as a farmer. At the age of twenty, on 15 September 1863, Pinn set aside his farming tools and traveled the eighty-odd miles westward to the town of Delaware to enlist in the 127th Ohio Regiment, the state's first regiment of black soldiers raised to fight in the Civil War.

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Tracy, Benjamin Franklin  

Thomas Adams Upchurch

Born in Tioga County, New York, Benjamin Franklin Tracy grew to have an interesting and controversial career in politics, military service, business, and law. He served as a New York State assemblyman in 1861 before joining the Union army in the Civil War. As a brigadier general he received the Medal of Honor for his exploits during the wilderness campaign, but as director of the Elmira prison camp he earned the disapprobation of Southerners for the treatment of Confederate prisoners of war. For most of the Reconstruction years he served as U.S. attorney for eastern New York. He earned a seat on the New York Court of Appeals from 1881 to 1883. His only major national political service came during the presidential administration of Benjamin Harrison, when he was appointed as secretary of the navy in 1889 During his tenure he became Harrison s most trusted ...