Alton, Ills. M'ch 7th, 1865.
Hon. Richard Yates. U.S.S.
The undersigned respectfully request your influence in endeavoring to procure for our worthy fellow citizen, Charles W. Dimmock, an appointment from the Hon Secretary of War as Sutler for the Military Prison at Rock Island, or Camp Douglas, Ills. or at Camp Morton, Ind..
These positions are now held by appointees of the Commandants of those Prisons.
The Sutler of the prison here was appointed by the Hon Secy. of War.
Mr Dimmock was prominent and influential in the election of Abraham Lincoln as President, and of yourself as Governor of Illinois, in 1860, and he has been a zealous and consistent supporter of the Government during the war.
In the Presidential election of 1864 he was President of the Unconditional Union Club of this city, and exerted a powerful and judicious influence in the re-election of President Lincoln, and in the election of Gen. Oglesby, as Governor of Illinois.
His only son is in the Gun Boat service of the United States.
He is a man of high standing among us in social and business life, and he is a man of the strictest integrity.
For these reasons, and because he needs this assistance, we earnestly recommend his appointment as before indicated. We have no man in the city more deserving, probably no one equally so, in all the particulars to which we have referred.
Your Obt. Servts,
W. C. Flagg
J. H. Murphy
S. A. Parks
M. H. Topping
Cyrus Hall. Col
144th Infty Ills Vols
H. G. McPike
Harry M Scarritt
W. C. Quigley
Charles W Dimmock Alton
Recommended by W. C Flagg & others