April 3rd 1862
Gov. Richard Yates
At the battle of Lexington Mo, I, being a member of the 1st Reg. of Ill. Cav. lost a horse, which I, in common with the other members of the Reg. furnished at my own expense. Being wounded in that battle, I was unfit for service when the Reg. was reformed, but reported myself at St Louis and received my final discharge.
I have tried every means within my knowledge to procure pay for my horse which was appraised at Quincy by Capt. J. C. Davis, at $100.00 (one hundred dollars)
Not being able to receive any
information in regard to the pay, or means of procuring it, from either officers of the Reg. or any other source, I have as a last resource applied to you for information on the subject.
Hoping that you will not consider my addressing you, as impertinant, I remain
Your Obt. Servant
M. Vic Hotchkiss
To His Excellency
Hon. Richard Yates
M. Vic Hotckiss
Peoria. Apl 3/62
How can I get pay for my horse killed at the battle of Lexington Mo.
I desire to give Hotchkiss the best information I can. Please have a letter prepared for me to sign & oblige R Y
Recd A.G.O. Apl 5/62