Camp Lincoln [VA]: June 24, 1862. Broadside, 7-3/4" x 10-1/4." Printed Certificate, completed in manuscript, signed by Robert L. Orr, Commanding Company. Very Good.
Orr, Colonel of the 61st Pennsylvania, won the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Petersburg on April 2, 1865, when he "Carried the colors at the head of the column in the assault after two color bearers had been shot down" [Medal of Honor of the United States Army 195]. He was awarded his Medal on November 28, 1892.
Orr certifies that Private Daniel Attwood, of Company I of the 61st Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, had served "honestly and faithfully with his Company in DC, MD, VA, to the present date," and "is now entitled to a discharge by reason of Phthisis Pulmonis", i.e., tuberculosis. Daniel [Thomas] Attwood [c.1833-1898], a/k/a Atwood, was born in Indiana, married Elizabeth Johnson Attwood, and enlisted as a wagoner on September 4, 1861. His occupation was "Teamster." After leaving the military, he worked as a painter and also farmed. Military records show him as part of the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry as well as the 61st, as part of the 23rd attached with the 61st. [U.S. Federal Censuses 1870, 1880; military records at Fold3; and Death Certificate accessed at Ancestry.]. Item #37034