Head Quarters, Company ……, Fifteenth Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Near Marietta Ga Nov 9th 1864 Dear John What do you think of this paper Frank McCard the little fifer sent to Ohio & got it printed & I believe Ohio first rate selling it out. You remember what I told You one night coming up home. I mean the night of the democratic meeting don’t forget it.
Head Quarters Right Wing, Army of the Tenn. 15th Nov 1863 To His Excellency The Govenor of Michigan Sir. Though personally unacquainted with you I take the liberty of addressing you on behalf of Col John M Oliver 15th Regiment Mich Infty. Commdg 2d Brigade 6th Division.
Page 1 Camp East of Corinth Oct 15th 1863 Dear Father and Mother I have seated myself to write a few lines to you hoping that you may be injoying as good health as we do for we are in number 1 health Ike is getting better & so is Jim Ed has had the runs some but taking all things in consideration we are all right have seen something of war the day that the battle commenced at Corinth we had been out on a scout had just come from the west & we could hear the canon roar the Enemy had attacked us on the north sid about 4 or 5 miles from here
Head-Quarters 4 Division 13 Army Corps August 2 1863 Sir. I take great pleasure in recommending Col John M. Oliver of the 15th Michigan Vols for appointment to Brigadier General. I have served in the field with Col Oliver since the battle of Shiloh & had ample opportunity to observe his deportment as an officer in camp and in the field of battle.
Head Qrs Right Wing 15th Corps Dec 5th/62 Hon E. M Stanton Secretary of War Washington D.C. Sir I have the honor to recommend Col Oliver 15th Mich for promotion my acquaintance with Col Oliver is limited yet I met him upon the Battlefield of Shiloh when he behaved with great gallantry and did good execution under my own supervision He is a gallant Soldier
head Quarters McArthurs Division Left Wing, Army of the Tenn, Near Grand Junction Tennessee Nov 14th 1862 To His Excellency, Gov Blair Mich Sir – I take pleasure in calling your attention to the following and respectfully ask your cooper ation in the matter. Col J. M. Oliver 15th Mich Infty has been in command of the 2d Brigade of this Division since the battle of Shiloh until now, much of the time under my command and in positions where I had a good opportunity of judging of his abilities as a Brigade commander.
Head Quarters 2nd Brigade 6” Division Camp Near Corinth Miss Oct 13” 1862 Capt I Bates Dickson A A Gen’l 6” Div. Sir. I have the honor to report the part taken by the 2nd Brigade of your division in the series of operations between Chewalla and Corinth. At the Battle of Corinth and the pursuit of the enemy to Ripley. The Division being at first under command of Brig. Gen’l McKean and afterwards under command of Brig Genl. McArthur. I had made a report embracing as concisely as possible the whole of its operations and submit the same report to both of those officers.
Camp South of Corinth Oct 6th 1862 Dear Wife I have a few moments to spare & will be brief in Writing I wrote to you in my last that we expected to have some fun in a few hours & we did for I had not got my letter finished before we were ordered to mount. We did & in a short time we were where we could see & hear them fire to Price & VanDorn & Lovejoy
Nashville Tenn June 6 /62 Dear Sister i received yours of the first to day and was glad to hear that you were all well and that our folks were a doing well i hope they will continue to do so.. i shall in the hospital for som time and mabe all summer for the docttor there is no use of sending men out in the sun to to do duty that cannot sand it i just as leaf say here
Corinth May 6th 1862 My Dear Cousin Your most welcome letter was recived several days since, and I should have answered it sooner had I not been out on a scout when it came. I assure you I was happy to receive it in fact I am always glad to hear from you Cousin Eva you are allways so kind to me for which I shall ever feel grateful Both myself and horse were completely worn out. We were out seven days and nights during the time we did not take the saddles off of our horses.
Camp Parkhurst Murfreesboro Tennessee April 24th 1862 My Coz Iunnice You have doubtless, ere this given up all hopes of my answering your letter. I do think you have very good reasons for supposing so at least for it is so long since I received your s that I have almost forgotton the contents. You must pardon me this time and hereafter I will answer immediately.
Camp Parkhurst Tenn. April 6th Dear Parents it is with much pleasure that I now improve this opportunity of writing two you once more the mail came in yesterday but I did not get any letters nor neither did Si I am well and never was in better spirrits than I now am we are encampt now about a mile southeast of Mulfress burro..Tenn..and have campt wright in a secesh dooregard it is a beautiful place