Great Civil War Curiosity – A Confederate “Certificate of Disability” Given to a Union Soldier who was Captured Four Times – He Joins the Confederacy & Fakes a Wound so he will be Discharged! At the top, he writes how he fooled the Surgeons – A Must Read!
This Confederate discharge for disability measures 7 x 9 inches and is in fine condition. At the top is printed, “ARMY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES, CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY FOR DISCHARGE OF CONSCRIPT”. The next portion, filled in, reads “R. F. Baldwin of Clark County, Miss. Now at Camp of Instruction, was enrolled by Maj. D. O. Merwin at Enterprise in 4 Congressional District of Miss. on the 9th day of February 1864 to serve during the war. He was born in Europe, is 29 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches high, fair complexion, gray eyes, light hair, and by occupation when enlisted a watch maker.” It is signed by D. O. Merwin Major and dated February 9th, 1864. Below that the Surgeon in charge, Thomas M. Blackwell certified that he has examined Baldwin and is discharged “because of necrosis of tibia and chronic ulcer on the right leg.”

Now what makes this document great is what Baldwin (a fictitious name) writes in ink at the top of this document:

“Having been taken prisoner of war four different times by the Confederates, I was compelled to change my name and birth place. In order to obtain this discharge I sandpapered my skin till tender and then applied a piece of copper which caused a running sore which fooled the surgeons.”

Quite a conversation piece and would be great in a medical display. Truly unique.

#CG468 - Price $495