July The 17th 1862 Camp Near Corinth Army of the Miss
To your excellency; the Auditor of the State of Illinois.
I take the liberty to ask a favor of you. I have been in the U. S. service for one year, I belong to the 11th Mo. Regiment.
I enlisted in Capt [Mieure's?] Co, and have since been with that Company. I would be a thousand times obliged to you, if you can get me a position in a company
or regiment, that will be forming there, under the late call from the President, if you can get me the position of first or second Lieutenant, or sergeant major; either of those offices, I think I am comitant now to fill.
If you will grant me this request, I will feel that I owe you a life time indebtedness.
I will close hoping to hear from you soon, and believe me ever as before your most obedient Servant
John C Collins
John C. Collins, applies thro Hon J. K. Dubois for Sergt. Major or Lieut. July 17 1862
Recd A. G. O. July 25/62