Rooms Military Commission, Private & Confidential Show to no one Lexington Ky. Dec 26, 1864. Major I have been waiting the course of events since my return from Michigan hoping to have something of importance to communicate but find that I may wait long before I learn any thing to a certainty. I can therefore give you nothing but rumors and you can take them for what they are worth and act accordingly. Col Brown, Doct Woodman and myself arrived here on the 19th ult at noon.
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.
Camp at Dechard at foot of Cumberland Mts. Tenn. July 4, 1863 My dear Davidson Here we are I believe to rest one day, having arrived last evening. I can hardly call it a camp having no tents or baggags with us. Bragg has escaped over the mountains and whether we are to pursue him or not I cannot say, not being entirely in Genl. Rosecran’s confidence, I suppose the rebel army is now in Chattanooga that part of it which has not been captured and scattered by us.
STATE OF MICHIGAN. AUSTIN BLAIR GOVERNOR IN AND OVER THE STATE OF MICHIGAN: To all who shall see these Presents, Greeting: Know ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the integrity and ability of Lyman G. Buckingham In the Name and by the Authority of the People of the State of Michigan, I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him NOTARY PUBLIC, for the County of Genesee in said State of Michigan
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.
To all who shall see these Presents, Greeting: Know Ye, That, reposing special trust and confidence in the Patriotism, Valor, Ability and Fidelity of John M. Oliver in the name and by the authority of the People of the State of Michigan, I do hereby appoint him Colonel Fifteenth Regiment, Michigan Infantry Brigade,