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Saturday, 26 July 2014

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN "EDWARD RATCLIFF " WAS A UNION SOLDIRER DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR AND A RECIPIENT OF AMERICA'S HIGHEST MILITARY DECORATION " THE MEDAL OF HONOR " FOR IS ACTION AT THE BATTLE OF CHAFFIN'S FARM : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

                              BLACK                  SOCIAL               HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Edward Ratcliff (February 8, 1835 – March 10, 1915) 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.
Born as a slave, he was freed when the Union Army took Yorktown. By September 29, 1864, Ratcliff was serving as a First Sergeant in Company C of the 38th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops. On that day, his unit participated in the Battle of Chaffin's Farm in Virginia, and it was for his actions during the battle that he was awarded the Medal of Honor six months later, on April 6, 1865.
Ratcliff reached the rank of Sergeant Major before leaving the military. He died at age 80 and was buried in Cheesecake Cemetery, Charles CornerYork County, Virginia.[1]

Medal of Honor citation

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Rank and Organization:
First Sergeant, Company C, 38th U.S. Colored Troops. Place and Date: At Chapins Farm, Va., September 29, 1864. Birth: James County, Va. Date of Issue: April 6, 1865.
Citation:
Commanded and gallantly led his company after the commanding officer had been killed; was the first enlisted man to enter the enemy's works.[2][3]