May 1864 Medical Leave of Absence for Lieut. (Brevet Brig. Gen.) Thomas H. Dunham, 11th Massachusetts - Thirty Days Leave for Wounds Received at Battle of the Wilderness

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May 1864 Medical Leave of Absence for Lieut. (Brevet Brig. Gen.) Thomas H. Dunham, 11th Massachusetts - Thirty Days Leave for Wounds Received at Battle of the Wilderness

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Item No. 5074485

A document granting thirty days medical leave for Lieutenant Thomas H. Dunham of the 11th Massachusetts Volunteers. The partially printed / partially written document features a decorative “Headquarters, Department of Washington” header and is dated May 13, 1864. It states that Dunham’s leave was granted “on Surgon’s certificate of disability arising from wounds.” He was to proceed to Massachusetts to recuperate. The order is signed on behalf of Major General Christopher Auger by an adjutant, C. A. Raymond. Another note scribbled in red ink states that Dunham was paid as of April 30.

Dunham was promoted to captain and the command of Company F of the 11th Massachusetts in June 1864, however, due to the severity of his wound, he was forced to accept an administrative position as assistant adjutant general of the Third Brigade, Second Division of the II Corps. In this capacity he played a key role in assisting Col. Thomas Alfred Smyth who commanded the brigade. In October 1864, Dunham returned to his former regiment and was promoted to the command of the 11th Massachusetts. After more than three years of duty, the unit was but a small fraction of its original size and therefore Dunham was not immediately promoted to colonel (as most regimental commanders were). In January 1865, he was promoted to major. He was recognized for his service during the Siege of Petersburg with a promotion to colonel. Dunham mustered out of the army on July 14, 1865 after more than four years of service. On March 29, 1867, President Andrew Johnson nominated Dunham for the award of the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general, to rank from March 13, 1865, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the award on April 5, 1867.

The document measures about 8” x 10” and is in good condition with light toning, particularly in the right margin. Creased where originally folded, as well as at a couple of the corners. The bottom mail fold has been stabilized with document tape.

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