John W. Campion to Richard Yates


John W. Campion to Richard Yates


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum




The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.








Camp Fremont July 15th/61

Cape Gerardieu



His Excellency

Richard Yates Governer of the State of Illinois

Dear Sir

The following is a true Statement of facts in relation to the treatment I have recieved from Col C C Marsh comanding the twentieth Ill. V. on July fifth I asked Col Marsh for a Furlough for a few days untill my Eyes & throath got Better I told him if I felt Better I would return on Monday the Eight he gave me leave of absence on those terms I went to Jerseyvill the regiment got Marching Orders the Same Evening that I left

Col Marsh never notified me of the change in the camp of my regiment I returned to Alton on Monday they having left I had no money to pay my way to the arsnal I returned to Jerseyvill that Same Night and Borrowed Some money to pay my way with I arrived at they arsnal On tuesday reported myself to Col Marsh a few minutes later Capt Pullen came to me and told me that I was removed and a Sergant appointed in my place and reffered me to Col Marsh I Saught Col Marsh asked him about it he told me he removed me By authority from head Quarters I told Col Marsh I would go to Springfield and See the Governor I went & your Honor was not at home I met Capt Pitcher who told me to return to my regiment

as Soon as possible and report myself for duty which I have done Col Marsh still refuses to let me do my duty untill the Commissions arrive If your Honnor wish it I can get all the officers in the regiment to Sign this Statement I started at the call of my country not for office or Gain the Company choose to Ellect me their First Lieutenant as Such I have Served them as Such they are willing for me to Sirve still if your Excellency will have a Commision made out for me Col Marsh never Disapproved of any of my acts to my Knowledge Believing & having Full confidence in your Excellency's doing that which is right & just I Leave my Future Welfare or a miserable Life in your hands your Humble Servant

John W Campion

1st Lieut Co C

20 Reg. IV

Care Camp Fremont

Cape Girardieu



Lieut Campion

Marsh's regiment

against removal -



Percent Completed




Original Format



“John W. Campion to Richard Yates,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed May 28, 2020,