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

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Eagle mast discharge (copy) for Private George Bolden, 1st Regiment, Maryland (US) Volunteers.  George was a veteran, who enlisted in May 1861 and reenlisted in February 1864 to continue his service with the 1st MD Infantry until July 2nd, 1865.  George’s record shows that he was captured at Front Royal, VA in May 1862 and paroled at Aiken’s Landing, VA in September, 1862.  Front Royal was a major engagement for the 1st MD, in which their casualties were 14 killed, 43 wounded and 535 captured.  The 1st MD continued to serve in the Middle Department and Army of the Potomac, with distinguished service at Wilderness, Petersburg and Appomattox.

George Bolden, of Baltimore County, MD was a laborer by trade.  Signatures include Colonel D.S Stanton (Regimental commander) and Captain R. Pond, division adjutant.  Discharges marked “copy” were essential for veterans to receive their bounties and pensions if they had lost their original copies.  Printing and ink writing on the entire document are sharp and legible.  Discharge is accompanied by a receipt from the Baltimore City Registrar’s Office (dated 1864) and a request for funds with affidavit (signed by a justice of the peace), dated 1865.  [JC]

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