This certificate was issued to a very important Confederate Veteran-Samuel Hollingsworth Stout, a doctor who served on the staff of General John Gordon and was also the Medical Director of the Confederate Hospitals. The certificate was issued to S H Stout MD Colonel and 4th Asst Surgeon General Staff of General John B Gordon. Stout had family roots in Tennessee, Georgia and finally Texas. There is a great deal of information on the Web about Stout and his biography is included in books, among them "Confederate Hospitals on the Move."
The certificate measures nineteen and a half by sixteen and a half inches. There are three vertical folds and one horizontal fold. Wear to these folds including some separations which thankfully have no tape on them. Chipping to the right hand edge and small missing area at bottom mid edge. Authentic signature of General Gordon. This item was originally obtained from the collection of Stanley Horn.
Here is some of Stout's history who was born in Nashville Tennessee. He began his practice with his brother Josiah in Nashville, later moving to Pulaski Tennessee. When the war began Stout enlisted in the 3rd Tennessee (Clack's) Infantry in May of 1861. He was commissioned by the Provisional Army of Tennessee as a surgeon and ordered to his assignment at Gordon Hospital in Nashville. He was commissioned into the Confederate Services in April of 1862. He was assigned to take charge of the hospitals in Chattanooga Tunnel Hill, Ringgold, Dalton, and all hospitals opened between Chattanooga and Atlanta. He later was put in charge of hospitals at Catoosa Springs Georgia and Cleveland Tennessee. Eventually Stout became the Medical Director of Hospitals of the Army of Tennessee.
Following the war Stout returned to Pulaski but left shortly to become professor of pathological anatomy at the Atlanta Medical College. In 1869 entered private practice and lived in Atlanta but relocated in 1882 moving to Texas. He was a prominent physician in Texas, dying in 1903. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Dallas Texas.