Official Document on Letterhead. The image of a shield with an eagle perched on top with the words "EXCELSIOR" on a banner and "J.E. Gavit, Sr. Albany" below it appears on the upper left-hand side of the document.
To the right: GENERAL HEADQUARTERS, STATE OF NEW YORK
Albany April 21st, 1876
Special Orders No. 41 - It appearing by the return of Brigad[ier] General Ira. L Beebe Commanding the Eleventh Brigade N.G.S.N.Y that Capt. S. Gilbert Evans, Ord Officer of the 11th Brigade has faithfully and honorably performed the duties required of him by the Military Code of the State and is under such Code entitled to be discharged from further service in the Militia, therefore in pursuance of the Military Code and of the General Regulations S. Gilbert Evans is hereby honorably discharged from further service in the military forces of the State except in the case of Insurrection or Invasion.
By order of the Commander in Chief
Embossed circle with an eagle reads "ADJT GENLs OFFICE - STATE OF NEW YORK"
Stamped below: Rec'd H'dq'rs. 2d. Div. JUN 9 1876
Also Stamped: REC'D AT HD'QRS 11th BRGD. N.G.S.N.Y - JUN 12 1870