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Counties of Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph, Washington and Clinton.

Collector's Office,

United States Internal Revenue,

12th District, Illinois.

Alton, Madison Co., Aug 24 1864

Gov. Richard Yates



I have been asked by certain Union men in Macoupin County to ascertain whether it will be possible to obtain through you or the commanding officer of this department, arms for the Equipment of a military Company The neighborhood has been suffering from the robbery and theft by guerillas and the wish to put themselfes in a proper shape to resist and drive them out of

the country

Any information you can give upon the subject will much oblige

Yours Respectfully

W. C. Flagg

Flagg. W.C.

Alton Ills Aug 24th 1864

Wants information in regards to obtaining arms &c for a military company to Suppress treason &c.

Executive Depart't

Springfield Aug 30 1864.

Respectfully referred to Brig Genl H E. Paine Commandg Dist of Ills. Please confer with Mr Flagg on subject of this letter. He is recommended as a prominent and highly respectable gentleman

By [Ords?]

Simon Hirshbach

Col & A.D.C.