Hon Richard Yates. Govenor
You no doubt bear in your remembrance Col Austin Light formerly of the 39th Ill - of whom I desire to say that he is at work for the pitiful sum of $24 pr month to support of his family.
Now if his dismissal from the service was unjust which I understand & believe to be the case can not justice be done him by giving him one of the new Negro regiments which are to be raised.
He has seen some 16 years of regular service and holds 3 honorable discharges and with the fidelity which he shows to him family and country, surely he should not go unrewarded.
Do you think so
Most Respectfully Yours O B Maples
Letter written March 5 63.
O. B. Maples
Chicago, Ill Feby 17th 1863.
Recomends Col Austin Little (who was formely Col of the 39th Ill.) for the position of Col of one of the Colored Regts he is now working at Chicago for twenty four dollars per month