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Henry Earnest Goodman

Bom April 12 1836
Died February 3 18%


JUN 8 1896

SEP 20 x^xb,

Major and Surgeon 2£th Pennsylvania Infantry
July 23, J86J ; discharged for appointment in United
States Volunteers April 19, 18^.

First Lieutenant and Assistant-Surgeon United
States Volunteers February 26, l£64 ; Major and Sur-
geon May 18, 1864; resigned and honorably dis-
charged November 3, J 865.

Lieutenant-Colonel and Medical-Directcr United
States Volunteers (by assignment) February 25 to
April J, 1865.

Colonel and Medical-Director United Slates Vol-
unteers (by assignment) April 2 to June 10, J865.

Brevetted Lieutenant-Colonel and Colonel United
States Volunteers March 13, J £65, "for faithful acd
meritorious services during the ■wzi."

1 06 1 July, on duty with regiment in the field.

August to December, with regiment at Pcint
of Rocks, Maryland.

1862 February, March, with regiment in the field.
June, w^ith regiment, 1 2th Army Corps.
September, with regiment in the field, acting

as Brigade Surgeon 1st Brigade 2d Division
I2th Army Corps.
November, in charge of Corps Hospital Harp-
ers Ferry.

1863 January, with regiment at Harpers Ferry,

Corps Hospital.

February, March, with regiment.

April July, in charge of I2th Corps HcspitaL

August October, with regiment.

November, acting Brigade Surgeon 1st Bri-
gade 2d Division J2th Army Corps.

December, at home on veteran furlough till
March, J 864.

1 864 March, April, with regiment, Nashville R.R.
May August, in charge of Field Hospital

2d Division 20th Army Corps,
July 1, assigned as Surgeon-in-Chief 2d Divis-
ion 20th Army Corps,
October 13, assigned as Medical-Director 20th

Army Corps.
October to March, J8t>5, Medical-Director
Department and Army of Georgia.

1865 May 2b, assigned as M:dical-Director Army

of Georgia, with rank and pay of Colonel.

June 30, on leave.

July November 3, Medical-Director Depart-
ment of Mississippi.

November 3, relieved at his own request, and
honorably mustered out of service.






Rock of ages, cleft for me.

Let me hide myself in Thee ;

Let the water and the blood,

From Thy wounded side which flowed.

Be of sin the double cure :

Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfil Thy law's demands ;
Could my real no respite know,
Could my tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone ;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy Cross I cling ;
Naked, come to Thee for dress ;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace :
Foul, I to Thy fountain fly ;
Wash me. Saviour, or I die !

Whik I draw this fleeting breath,

When my eyelids close in death,

When I soar to worlds unknown,

See Thee on Thy judgment Throne : —

Rock of ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in Thee.

) Corinthians kv


HILE this world lasts wc
can never get done with
death. Until Christ Him-
self shall come again, this
cruel conqueror continues
his sad work, striking down the chil-
dren of men, dissolving the most tender
attachments, desolating the happiest
homes, robbing the world of its noblest
and best, and making dread havoc
with the hearts and the happiness of

There is promise of a time when
sicknesses, bereavements, funerals and
graves shall be done away ; when,
all other enemies being vanquished,
death itself shall be *' swallowed up in
victory." But, for the present, this
grim tyrant reigns, and every day

brings fresh proof of his relentless

And although death is common,
and funerals are common, and graves
are common, and losses of friends and
associates are common, a special sad-
ness connects with the instance which
has brought us together at this hour.

Here was a man, in the full vigor
of useful and honored manhood,
stricken down in the midst of his
professional activities, suddenly torn
away from many admiring friends
and loving relatives, and hurried out
of the world when no one was dream-
ing of any such thing. But thus do
we all stand in jeopardy every hour,
never knowing but that the next mo-
ment may see us launched into eter-

But while lamenting this sudden
bereavement, there is gratification in
the fact that the deceased has left be-
hind him a record so honorable.

As a learned, skillful and devoted
physician and surgeon he was an

ornament to his profession, in which
he won many laurels and secured the
fond regard of many a heart and
home. His standing among physi-
cians was high, and his successes as
a surgeon of the army were excep-
tionally marked. From the beginning
of the late war to the end of it, in the
midst of exposures and battles upon
battles, he held his place as a minister
to the sick and wounded, and rapidly
rose in the esteem of his commanders
and comrades, until some of the most
responsible duties of hospital and med-
ical directorships were placed in his
hands ; all of which he effectively met
and faithfully discharged.

He was a zealous patriot. One of
a household of patriotic brothers, his
devotion to his country was marked
and strong. No toils, no sacrifices,
were too great for him to make for
the defence and honor of the nation's
flag, in which he here lies wrapped.
Next to his many medical consocia-
tions, his fellowship was largely with

patriotic men. He held distinguished
place in patriotic societies, even to liis
death. And he was honored with
sundry important State and Federal
appointments, which he filled with
credit and efficiency.

He was a man of active benevolence
in behalf of the afflicted and suffering ;
the rich and the poor could alike com-
mand his professional attention and
interest. He was the originator and
strong supporter of several important
sanatory institutions, which, with
other like establishments, he devotedly
served in various capacities. And
many souls in this city, and widely
scattered over the country, would
gladly testify to his ability, his kind-
ness, and his generosity.

By common consent, Dr. Henry
Earnest Goodman was a man who
exemplified the signification of his
name. He was a good man, and the
root and spring of all that was best in
his character and life was his early
training in Christianity, and his adop-

tion of its principles as his own. He
was one of the original members and
officers of the Church of the Holy
Communion, which I serve. At the
time of his death he was one of the
few survivors of that little brother-
hood ; and those of them who still
remain, with the congregation to
which he belonged, and many others,
will much regret his removal. But,
having fulfilled his mission on earth,
he has now gone to join that greater
congregation on the other side.

He hath crossed the river, — the
deep, dark, mysterious river. Un-
heralded even to himself, the ties that
bound him to this world instantane-
ously gave way, and he is gone.
These cold remains are all that is left
of him ; and these we are about to
commit to the damp and silent grave.

He hath crossed the river, — crossed
it to an untried shore, — as myriads
have crossed before him, without re-
turning to tell us what it is, or what
the land of which it is the border. Of

this side, we all have experience ; but
of that other side, how little do we
know !

And yet, the darkness is not with-
out its stars. When we first landed
in this world, ignorant, helpless, and
entirely dependent, there was a realm
prepared and ready to receive us, and
tender hands and loving hearts to
take us up and minister to our many
infant needs ; and we cannot suppose
that the gracious Giver of our lives is,
or will be, less careful to have things
in due readiness for the advent of His
children on that other shore.

When poor Lazarus died, angels
were there to minister to his departing
spirit, and tenderly bare it to a world
of rest and comfort. And to those
who stand gazing through their tears
after friends who have vanished from
their sight, the word is, not to be so
ignorant concerning them which are
asleep as to sorrow as those which
have no hope. Whatever may be the
joy and comfort of earthly life, "to

depart and be with Christ is far bet-
ter." Those who have gone may
not yet have reached the final heaven
of the glorified; but, be that as it may,
the voice from on high declares,


Where faith in God and in His
Christ live and work, there are the
plantings for a blessed immortality.
God is not unrighteous to forget our
work and labor of love for His Name,
and hath guaranteed a strong conso-
lation to those who flee for refuge to
lay hold on the hope set before us.
Wc are all weak and sinful ; but God
hath laid help upon One that is mighty
to save, and strong to deliver. And
those who give diligence to add to
their faith in Him the virtues incul-
cated in the Gospel, cannot fail of an
abundant entrance into the everlasting
kingdom of light, and life, and peace.

What, then, though this man has
gone across the mysterious river ?
May we not hof>e, and believe, and

comfort ourselves with the belief, that
he has landed on a happier shore ?

He has crossed the river, and soon
will come our turn to cross it too.
We are here for the present. An Al-
mighty Power beyond our control has
put us here, and will surely summon
us away. The responsibilities of life
are upon every one of us, and we can-
not escape them. As we live, we
must also die, and pass over into the
untried realities of the great Beyond.
And these sudden strokes that break
in by our sides, are God's monitions
to us to be in constant readiness, not
knowing but that the next to go may
be any one of us.

Dear friends, let not these lessons
be without spiritual effect and profit.
To the sorrowing over the departed
they are not without comfort ; and to
all of us they should be a stimulant to
fidelity in our callings, and to dutiful-
ness toward our God. And whatever
the future of any one may be, I com-
mend you to the good Father in

heaven, and to the power of His
grace ; praying that He who brought
again from the dead our Lord Jesus
Christ, through the blood of the ever-
lasting covenant, may make you per-
fect in every good work to do His
will, working in you that which is
well pleasing in His sight.

Tht Lord's Prayer

James BcaIc


No. 719 Sansom Sirtet


James BeaU


No. 719 Sansom Sireet



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