4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 21, 2019 8:22 PM by Reid Baron

    Seeking Medal of Honor citation for Benjamin H Child

    Reid Baron Wayfarer

      Please help. I am looking for the Medal of Honor Citation for Civil War Veteran Benjamin H. Child of Rhode Island, Battery A, 1st RI Light Volunteer Artillery. Thank you

        • Re: Seeking Medal of Honor citation for Benjamin H Child
          Elliot Schneider Navigator

          Reid,

           

          This was a citation I found on a third party website here is a copy of it. You may want to see if his unit has Orders that you can check with.

           

          AWARDED FOR ACTIONS

          DURING Civil War

          Service: Army

          Division: 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery

          GENERAL ORDERS:

          Date of Issue: July 20, 1897

           

           

          CITATION:

          The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Benjamin Ham Child, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 17 September 1862, while serving with Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, in action at Antietam, Maryland. Corporal Child was wounded and taken to the rear insensible, but when partially recovered insisted on returning to the battery and resumed command of his piece, so remaining until the close of the battle.

           

           

          Thanks,

           

          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking Medal of Honor citation for Benjamin H Child
            Elliot Schneider Navigator

            Reid,

             

            Found also information in the following that you could request. Here is information below.

             

            Record Group 94:

            Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1762 - 1984

             

            Series:

            Letters Received, 1861 - 1889File Unit:

            Congressional Medal of Honor File of Corporal Benjamin H. Child, Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery Regiment

             

            NAID #18575061, 5793-VS-1887, PI17 496

             

             

            National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1)

            National Archives Building

            7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

            Washington, DC 20408

            Phone: 202-357-5385

            Fax: 202-357-5936

            Email: Archives1reference@nara.gov

             

            Thanks,

             

            Elliot Schneider

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            • Re: Seeking Medal of Honor citation for Benjamin H Child
              Rebecca Collier Ranger

              Dear Mr. Baron,

               

              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

               

              Since Mr. Schneider has given you information about what NARA has, we will provide the direct link to the file unit as well as other resources:

               

              The National Park Service has compiled a listing of Civil War Medal of Honor recipients that includes the citation and basic information about them. The citation for Benjamin H. Child is included here.

               

              The Congressional Medal of Honor Society also has a listing of all Medal of Honor recipients that  includes the citation and basic information about them. The citation for Benjamin H. Child is included here.

               

              We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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