My dear Sir
1st Lieut J. A. Hynes who will deliver this letter to you, belongs to (Mulligan's 23rd Mo regiment, but was absent on duty when his Regt was captured at Lexington.
Lt. H is on his way to join his regt now in process of reorganization & I would be obliged to you if you will facilitate as far as possible Lt H's views.
He has served with the Division under my command since October last, & is a most worthy & respectable officer
Your Obt srvt
Brig Genl Cmg
Hon. Richard Yates
Gov of Ills.
Genl. John Pope
Otterville Jany 24
Recommending Lt J. A. Hynes whom he introduces