This Day in History: 1843-03-01

African American Union Army soldier Robert Alexander Pinn is born. Pinn received the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military decoration, for his actions at the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm during the American Civil War. In 1973, the Ohio National Guard named its new armory in Stow, Ohio, in his honor. In 1998, the shooting facility at the University of Akron was renamed the Robert A. Pinn Shooting Range in his honor. The range, used by the university’s ROTC component and NCAA rifle team, is one of the premier shooting facilities in the state of Ohio. Learn more.