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.
Col Advance to the open fields over looking the Chewalla bottom I am here. and will send my cavalry down to Chewalla. Keep the same order of advance keeping flankers out picking up stragglers thru Brigades encamped here and left at 10 O. C. A.M.
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