April 16th 1862
MAJOR GENERAL H W. HALLECK
COMMANDING DEPT OF THE MISSISSIPPI
Immediately after the battle of Fort Donelson I addressed a communication to the War Department asking that Clark B Lagow and William S. Hillyer, now Aides-de-Camp to me, be made additional Aides with the rank of Colonel, in consideration of courage and good conduct displayed at the Battles of Belmont and Fort Donelson
The Communication was referred to the Adjutant General of the army who decided that it could not legally be done. 1
I found on reference to the law that such appointments could only be made on the nomination of Maj Genls of the Regular Army
To the battlesabove named I can now add that of Pittsburgh, or Shiloh, in which these two officers rendered most valuable services.
I would therefore respectfully ask that younominate