1st Sgt. Powhatan Beaty

Powhatan Beaty was a farmer from Greater Cincinnati who enlisted into the Ohio Volunteer Militia, a precursor to the Ohio National Guard. He served in the Union Army's 5th United States Colored Infantry Regiment, known as the “Black Brigade,” throughout the Richmond–Petersburg Campaign. Beaty was awarded the Medal of honor during the Civil War for helping take command and gallantly leading his company during the Battle of Chaffin's Farm after all the officers had been killed or wounded. Following the war, Beaty became an orator and actor, appearing in amateur theater productions in his home in Cincinnati.

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