CIVIL WAR DISCHARGE – ASSISTANT SURGEON J. HENDERSON SMITH, 211TH PENNSYLVANIA

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Crisp eagle mast discharge, nicely framed and matted.  Printing is sharp, with little fading of ink, making the entire document nicely legible and fit for display.  The discharged soldier, J. Henderson Smith, served as Regimental Assistant Surgeon from September 17th, 1864 through June 2nd 1865.  The document is signed by William H. Hodgkins, Captain of the 36th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and 3rd Division, IX Army Corps (a photo of Hodgkins is found on the American CW Database).  Smith was described as being of thirty-four years of age, 5’10” in height with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair.  His occupation upon enlistment was physician.  Smith is listed on the Regimental official roster and lived in Pittsburg after the war.  His discharged is stamped as “paid in full” by Russell Errett, Paymaster.

The 211th PA Infantry was a 1-year unit, organized at Camp Reynolds in Pittsburg, PA where it was initially assigned to the XVIII Corps of the Army of the James.  Colonel Levi Dodd, formerly of the 169th PA Infantry, was the Regimental Commander at discharge.  From November 1864 until its muster-out in June 1865, the Regiment served in the IX Corps of the Army of the Potomac.  The 211th PA distinguished itself during the break out of the Petersburg siege, with two soldiers receiving the Medal of Honor for capturing Confederate battle flags.  Casualties listed were 6 officers killed, 38 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 53 enlisted men died of disease and accidents.  An excellent acquisition opportunity for both medical and Pennsylvania collectors!  [jp]

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