Signed by famous Union Surgeon Reed B. Bontecou
31 x 10 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink.
Muster Out Roll of Charles H. Boyd, 10 Regiment of Vermont Vols., in Harewood Hospital, Washington, D.C., called into the service of the United States by The President. States that Private Boyd, served in Co. H, and enlisted on Aug. 6, 1862, at Windsor, Vt., to serve for 3 years. Also gives his pay and clothing information, and more. The document has been signed by a Captain & A.D.C., as well as by Reed B. Bontecou as Surgeon U.S. Vols. in Charge, Harewood Hospital. Dated June 2, 1865, Washington, D.C. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
Reed B. Bontecou was commissioned as surgeon of the 2nd New York Infantry, April 1861; he was promoted to brigade surgeon, September 1861; he was present at the first land battle of the Civil War, at Big Bethel, Va.; was a witness to the first battle of ironclad war ships, the battle between Monitor & the Merrimac at Hampton Roads, Va.; was present at the capture of Yorktown, Va.; was in charge of Hygeia U. S. Army Hospital, Fortress Monroe, Va.; attended General Ormsby M. Mitchel on his deathbed in Beaufort, S.C.; was chief medical officers of all hospitals at Beaufort; was with Medical Director Charles H. Crane in the iron clad attack on Fort Sumter, was in charge of the hospital steamer "Cosmopolitan" lying off Charleston during the siege of that city; was chief surgeon, in charge of Harewood U. S. Military Hospital, Washington, D.C., October 1863, to May 1866. He was also an intimate friend of President Abraham Lincoln, Surgeon General Joseph K. Barnes, and many other notable personages of the period. After the war he returned to Troy, N.Y., and continued his prominent medical practice.