1863 Confederate Civil War Death Certificate for 50th North Carolina Deserter

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1863 Confederate Civil War Death Certificate for 50th North Carolina Deserter

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Item No. 2365009

This is an interesting 1863 Confederate report relating to the death of a soldier. Private Augustus Norton of the 50th North Carolina Infantry had been on the sick list in September of that year, but was later listed as AWOL before being listed as a deserter. Records indicate he returned to the regiment on December 22, but died that night while in the guard house. In this document, the three Confederate doctors making up the examining board concluded Norton died of a chill. All three doctors' signatures are at the end, including Dr. Stephen D. Doar of South Carolina and two others I haven't identified. Looks like "N N Hampton" and, perhaps, "James Byall" or something similar. More research could certainly confirm the names of these Confederate doctors. It reads, in full:

Wilmington NC
December 22nd 1863

In the case of Pr A Norton 50th Reg NCI Co B, a Deserter, who died in Guard House of City Garrison on night of Dec 21st 1863, we the board of examination as to cause of the death of said Norton, do declare that from evidence produced we are of opinion that the immediate cause of his death was a congestive chill.

N. N. Hampton M. Dr. [?]
S. D. Doar MD
Samuel Byall [?]

The report was written upon a partial stationery sheet measuring about 7 3/4" x 7 1/4". Creased where originally folded. Light foxing and toning. There is about a 1" long hole across the center fold and another small hole adjacent to it.

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