Howard history

November 13, 2005

1865: MEDAL OF HONOR

Sgt. Decatur Dorsey, a Howard County native who served with the 39th U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, received the Medal of Honor on Nov. 8, 1865, for his actions during the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Va.

On July 30, 1864, according to the Medal of Honor citation, Dorsey "planted his colors on the Confederate works in advance of his regiment and when the regiment was driven back to the Union works he carried the colors there and bravely rallied the men." Source: U.S. Department of Defense.

[Sun news researcher Paul McCardell contributed to this item.]

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