M. Vic Hotchkiss to Richard Yates

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Peoria Ill

April 3rd 1862

Gov. Richard Yates

Dear Sir

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

Very Respectfully

Your Obt. Servant

M. Vic Hotchkiss

To His Excellency

Hon. Richard Yates

1st Cavalry

M. Vic Hotckiss

Peoria. Apl 3/62

How can I get pay for my horse killed at the battle of Lexington Mo.

Gen. Fuller

I desire to give Hotchkiss the best information I can. Please have a letter prepared for me to sign & oblige R Y

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Apr 22d

Recd A.G.O. Apl 5/62