Head Quarters 1st Division
Fort Donelson Feby 22d 1862.
Gov. of Ill.
Sir: Having previously recommended 2d. Lieut H. C. Freeman, Engr. of my Division, for promotion, I beg to intrude upon your attention again, for the same purpose.
No officer in my command has displayed greater activity and enterprize than himself. In his department his services have been invaluable, Can't you commission him as Illl State Engineer? I hope so, and that you will early do it.
Your Obdt Servt
John A. McClernand
Brig. Genl. Comg
Genl J. A. McClernand
Recommends 2nd Lieut Freeman for State Engineer
Lieut Freeman greatly distinguished himself at Donaldson. I became acquainted with & found him a Gentleman of superior attainments.