Sergeant Richard Binder
|Birth name||Richard Bigle|
July 26, 1839|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Germany
|Died||February 26, 1912(aged 72)|
|Place of burial||West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania|
|Allegiance|| United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1861 - 1865|
|Unit||USS Ticonderoga (1863)|
|Battles/wars||First Battle of Fort Fisher
Second Battle of Fort Fisher
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Richard Binder (July 26, 1839 – February 26, 1912) was an American Civil War Marine Corps Sergeant and a recipient of America's highest military decoration - the Medal of Honor. His birth name was Richard Bigle.
Richard Binder, variously described as having been born in either Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or Germany, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Civil War. He joined the service from Pennsylvania in 1861. In 1864-65, he was assigned to the sloop-of-war USS Ticonderoga (1863). He participated in the two assaults on Fort Fisher, North Carolina, on 24-December 25, 1864 (First Battle of Fort Fisher) and 13-January 15, 1865 (Second Battle of Fort Fisher). He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his performance at those times. Richard Binder died on February 26, 1912 and was buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
Medal of Honor citation
Sergeant Richard Binder's official Medal of Honor citation is as follows:
"On board the USS Ticonderoga during the attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and December 25, 1864, and 13 to January 15, 1865. Despite heavy return fire by the enemy and the explosion of the 100-pounder Parrott rifle which killed eight men and wounded 12 more, Sgt. Binder, as captain of a gun, performed his duties with skill and courage during the first two days of battle. As his ship again took position on the 13th, he remained steadfast as the Ticonderoga maintained a well-placed fire upon the batteries on shore, and thereafter, as she materially lessened the power of guns on the mound which had been turned upon our assaulting columns. During this action the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels."
- Naval Historical Center (2000-06-17). "US People - Binder, Richard". Online Library. Retrieved 2006-08-05.