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.
Camp near Waterford Dec 27th 62 Dear Wife & Parents this leaves me well & all of the boys with us I am with the baggage train Edwin Albert & most of Co C & in fact most all of the Cav are after a band of Rebels that came in to Holly Springs & cut our communications off Burnt our stores of Provisions & took all of the sick & some of the well Prisoners but we have made them pay for it. Our men have taken. The report is that 1200 Rebl cav out near Salem they have been out 1 week from camp
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
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