Abraham Lincoln Appoints Henry Ernest Goodman as Surgeon of Civil War Union Volunteer Army
To all who shall see these presents greeting:
Know ye that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of H.E. Goodman I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate appoint him Surgeon of the Volunteer Army in the service of the United States, to rank as such from the sixteenth day of May one thousand eight hundred and sixty four. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Surgeon by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging. And I do strictly charge and require Officers and Soldiers under his command to be obedient to his orders as Surgeon. And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future Presidents of the United States or the General or other Superior Officers set over him, according to the rules and discipline of War. This Commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being.
Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this sixteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four and in the eighty eighth year of the Independence of the United States.
By the President ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Secretary of War