Oliver, John M. – Undated

Michigan Civil War Collection

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Regiment: 15th Michigan Infantry

Battles Mentioned:

Historical Figures: John M. Oliver

A. Edmund Runes taken the oath was secesh
B [ ? ]
C Casseys was secesh (has had some cotton burned)
D Widdow Rodgers
E Unknown
F. Church
G Simpsons ferry
H Jones & Woosters Mill
I Davis was secesh has taken oath
J Mills (Either side)
K. Youngs Union
L Derry berry “ but very quiet

There is a strong Union Element in
Middleton Pocohontas. If protected
or armed it would show itself
Middleton is strongly secesh Dr S H White
Allen McKinsie Parks & Lilliard are
the leaders. White was a major in the
12 months service at the expiration of the
term he returned home. When the 6 Div
marched to Bolivar three men were made
prisoners by him (so our guide says. He
heard Allen talking about it). & it is a fact
that three men of the 15 Mich were taken
prisoners & sent to Memphis & from there
sent to Cairo to be exchanged. The two
men spoken of in my report Jenkins & Sheron
who had their cotton burned are both secesh
Sheron is a methodist pracher of the [ ? ]
JM. Oliver

[Hand Drawn Map]

Having been away from home for a long
time and being desirous of seeing my wife I would
feel very grateful were you to issue a pass
allowing my wife to visit this city