Extract from Gen. A. Mc. D. McCook’s off. Report of the Battle of Shiloh I take great pleasure in calling your attention to the conduct of Col Oliver and a portion of his regiment the 15th Michigan
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.
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.