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Benjamin H. Child
Born (1843-05-08)May 8, 1843
Providence, Rhode Island
Died May 16, 1902(1902-05-16) (aged 59)
Swan Point Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit Rhode Island Battery A, 1st Regiment Rhode Island Volunteer Light Artillery
Battles/wars Battle of Antietam
Awards Medal of Honor

Benjamin Ham Child (May 8, 1843 – May 16, 1902) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Child received the United States' highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Antietam in Maryland on 17 September 1862. He was honored with the award on 20 July 1897.


Child was born in Providence, Rhode Island on 8 May 1843. He joined the 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery in June 1861. After his Medal of Honor action, he was promoted to Sergeant, and wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in August 1863, and was discharged by special order from General George Meade after serving a total of 43 months.

In 1868, Child joined the Providence Police Department, and he was appointed as Chief of Police in 1881. He died on 16 May 1902 and his remains are interred at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island.

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