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Friday, 25 July 2014

BKACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " MILTON MURRAY HOLLAND " WAS A UNION ARMY SOLDIER DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR AND A RECIPIENT OF AMERICA'S HIGHEST MILITARY DECORATION " THE MEDAL OF HONOR " FOR HIS ACTION AT THE BATTLE OF CHAFFIN;S FARM : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

                        BLACK                 SOCIAL                HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Milton Murray Holland (August 1, 1844 – May 15, 1910) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm.

Biography

Holland was born as the son of Bird Holland, a white slaveowner (killed in action at the Battle of Mansfield) and an African-American slave.[1] He joined the Army from Athens, Ohio. At the Athens County Fairgrounds he signed to the recruitment rolls 149 young black men and raised what was to become Company C of the 5th United States Colored Infantry.[2] He was serving as a Sergeant Major in the 5th USCI when his unit participated in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm on September 29, 1864 inVirginia. Three days before the end of the war, on April 6, 1865, he was issued the Medal of Honor for his actions at Chaffin's Farm.
Holland's wife was Virginia W. Dickey. Milton Holland died from a heart attack at the age of 65 and was buried in Arlington National CemeteryArlington County, Virginia.

Only known wartime photo of Milton M. Holland in uniform

Medal of Honor citation

Citation:
Took command of Company C, after all the officers had been killed or wounded, and gallantly led it.