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1861 October 04


Joel Thomas Dickinson, Private, McCulloch's Company, South Arkansas Regiment, McRae's Battalion, Confederate States Army, was granted a medical discharge from the service. The reason's for the discharge are listed as chronic bronchitis and partial blindness in one eye. Brigadier General Benjamin McCulloch, and Surgeon W.L. Gammage signed and approved his discharge.

Biographical/Historical Note

During the Civil War, injury or death in battle was not the only reason a soldier might be unable to continue fighting. Disease and secondary infections from non-life-threatening injuries killed or invalided-out as many soldiers as battle did. Private Joel Thomas Dickerson, suffering from chronic bronchitis and partial blindness in one eye, was granted a medical disability discharge. He was part of Captain J.B. McCulloch's Company (A), of the McRae's Infantry Battalion, CSA.


[Page 1] Army of the Confederate States.
Certificate of Disability for Discharge.
(To be used, in duplicate, in all cases of discharge on account of disability.)
Joel Thomas Dickerson private, of Captain J B -
McCulloch Company, (A,) of the South Arkansas Regiment of Confederate States
army, was enlisted by Lieut. Col Dandridge McRea [sic], of
the McRea [sic] Battalion Regiment of Infantry CSA, at Millers Springs Missouri
on the 17th day of August 1861, to serve one year; he was born
in Tuscaloosa Co in the State of Alabama, is Twenty five (25)
years of age, five feet ten+half inches high, dark complexion, blue eyes,
black hair, and by occupation when enlisted a merchant. During the last two
months said soldier has been unfit for duty 40 days. (Here consult directions on Form Med. Dept. Gen. Reg.)
Station: Camp Jackson
Date: 3rd Oct 1861
bJ. B McCulloch
Commanding Company. A
I certify that I have carefully examined the said, Joel Thomas Dickerson of
Captain J B McCullochs Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier
because of (Here consult par, 1134, p. 245 and directions on Form 12, p. 269, Med. Dept. Genl. Reg.) Chronic Bronchitis
and partial blindness of one eye
W. L. Gammage MD Surgeon.
of Ark Regiment
Discharged this 4th day of Oct, 1861 at Camp Jackson
Ben McCulloch
Brig Genl Commanding the Post.
Note 1. - When a probable case for pension, special care must be taken to state the degree of disability.
Note 2. - The place where the soldier desires to be addressed may be here added.
Holly Springs Town- Dallas Co County- Arkansas. State-
FOR DISCHARGE in the case
Joel Thomas Dickerson
a Private in Co. A
5th Arkansas Reg't of Infantry
Received (A.& I. G. Office) --------

Physical Description

1 page printed and handwritten, 9.75" x 7.75"


Civil War; Confederate States of America; Arkansas


MuCulloch, Benjamin; Gammage, W. L.

Geographical Area

Camp Jackson, Benton County, (Ark.)






Small manuscript collection


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Joel Thomas Dickerson, Disability Discharge certificate, Small manuscript collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Joel Thomas Dickerson, Disability Discharge certificate