Medal of Honor Recipient Retires in Agness, Ore.
Far from the battlefields of the Civil War, a grave stone near the remote Rogue River town of Agness, Ore., reads:
Nathan H. Edgerton
Captain 6 U.S. Cld. Inf.
Aug. 28, 1838 Oct. 27, 1932
Medal of Honor
There lies the body of a Quaker-raised hero who shed his pacifist upbringing to join the Union Army, where he led African-American soldiers who only recently had been freed from slavery. In 1864, Edgerton led the black regiment against an entrenched Confederate position at Chaffin’s Farm in Virginia. Civil War artist Don Troiani has immortalized Edgerton and two black soldiers in a painting titled “Three Medals of Honor.” It depicts them retrieving the regimental flag from the field of battle after several color guard soldiers had been shot down. Wounded, they continued the advance against the enemy until ordered to retreat. Fourteen African-American soldiers and two white officers who fought in the successful battle were awarded Medals of Honor.
Edgerton and his wife, Esther, moved to Agness, Ore., late in life, where they spent 10 years on their farm above the Rogue River, where he died shortly before his 94th birthday.
Sources: Nathan Huntley Egerton." Find a Grave. Ed. John J. Griffith. N.p., 28 Oct. 2003. Web. 29 Dec. 2015. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8038092; "Hidden History of Civil War Oregon." Facebook. Ed. Randol B. Fletcher. N.p., 28 Sept. 2014. Web. 29 Dec. 2015.
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