Confederate General Elkanah Brackin Greer Discharge Certificate Signed "E. Greer/ Col. Com. S.K. Texas Regiment." Two pages, 8" x 12", August 19, 1861, "Regimental Head Quarters, South Kansas Tex. Regt. Camp near Springfield, Mo." Colonel Greer authorizes the discharge of Private Samuel A. Goodman, by signing below the statement, "I, E. Greer, Col commanding the South Kansas Texas Regiment, Approve of the within and foregoing Certificates, and hereby honorably discharge Samuel A. Goodman jr. from further Service as a Soldier."

    On the verso are two statements; one is written and signed by Goodman's company commander, Captain David Y. Gaines, who described Private Goodman as a twenty-five-year-old "five foot seven inches high" lawyer who had "enrolled into Service by Capt. H. Harris, C.S.A. at Dallas Texas . . . 1861, to serve 12 months." According to Captain Gaines, Goodman had become "physically weak" and inadequate "to the discharge of the duties of a Soldier." The other statement is written and signed by Wallace McDugald, "Acting Surgeon S.K. Texas Rangers" who found Goodman "afflicted with Phthisis Pulmonalis [tuberculosis]; which is, in his case, immediately hereditary. This condition of his lungs disqualifies him for the duties of a soldier." Mr. Goodman lived almost forty more years. Colonel Greer, the grand commander of the Knights of the Golden Circle prior to the Civil War, fought with his Texas regiment in the war's western theater. Greer's rare signature is on lined paper with minor stains; fine.

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