TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. THE BEARER HEREOF ROBERT BAKER A PRIVATE IN CAPT. WHITAKERS COMPANY 2D REGT STATE GUARDS, AGE OF 33 YEARS, 5 FEET 9 INCHES HIGH FAIR COMPLEXION BLUE EYES LITE HAIR AND BY PROFESSION A FARMER BORN IN THE COUNTY OF FAYETTE STATE OF GEORGIA, AND ENLISTED AT FAYETTEVILLE GEORGIA ON THE 4TH DAY OF AUGUST 1863 TO SERVE FOR THE PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS IS HEREBY PERMITTED TO GO TO HIS HOME IN THE COUNTY OF FAYETTE STATE OF GEORGIA HE HAVING RECEVD A FURLOUGH FROM THE 11TH DAY OF NOVEMBER TO THE 20TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 1863 AT WHICH PERIOD HE WILL REJOIN HIS COMPANY OR REGIMENT AT THIS PLACE OR WHEREVER THE REGIMENT MAY BE AT THAT TIME. SAID SOLDIER IS ENTITLED TO PAY FROM THE 1ST SEPT TO THE 31ST OCT. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND ... THIS 11 NOV 1863. F.T. GAYDEN 1ST LIEUT COMMANDING COMP. E.
[Georgia: 11 November 1863]. Bifolium, folded to 5" X8." Old folds, closed tears repaired without loss, a few small pinholes with minor effect on text. Good+.
Written endorsement on November 11 by Surgeon J.S. Holliday finds him unfit for duty "in consequence of a severe catarrah affection with pleuritis." Surgeon J.C. Tucker, on December 29 1863 and January 27 1864 recommends "extension of furlough for thirty  days." Endorsements approving the furlough by Lieutenant Colonel William P. Beasley of the 2nd Georgia State Guard and W.H. Lanier A.A.G. Item #37398