Civil War HeroHoward County native Decatur Dorsey was one of only sixteen African American soldiers to received the Medal of Honor for courage under fire during the Civil War. Sgt. Dorsey, of Company B, 39th United States Colored Troops, earned his medal at the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Virginia, on July 30, 1864. He bore the regiments flag during the charge through the Crater to the Confederate line. According to his 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." Regimental color-bearers were especially courageous, because they could not defend themselves and were conspicuous targets for enemy sharpshooters.
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|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 343841 N 4348167|
|Decimal Degrees||39.26880000, -76.81020000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 16.128', W 76° 48.612'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 16' 7.68" N, 76° 48' 36.72" W|
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