ALS, DNA, RG 94, Letters Received. William G. Pinckard, Jr., of Edwardsville, Ill., was appointed 1st It. and q. m., 9th Ill., on Aug. 21, 1861, and promoted to asst. q. m. of vols. on June 30, 1862. USG's recommendation was supported by a copy of a letter of Maj. Gen. Charles F. Smith and an endorsement by U. S. Senator Lyman Trumbull.
Camp Near Corinth Miss.
June 1st 1862
HON. E. B. WASHBURN
WASHINGTON D. C.
Enclosed I send a letter addressed to the Hon. E. M. Stanton, Sec. of War which I would be pleased if you would cause to be delivered with any recommendation that you may deem proper.
Lieut. Dickey 1 is the son of Col. Dickey of the 4th Ill. Cavalry, and brother-in-law of the late Gen. W. H. L. Wallace who fell at the battle of Shiloh.
Although Lt. Dickey has served under my command almost from his first enterance into service I can not answer from personal knowledge as to his qualifications but Gen. Judah, who recommends him, is an experianced officer and fully qualified to judge of his merits.
The siege of Corinth haslast terminated. On Friday 2 morning it was found that the last rebel had left during the preseding night. On entering the enemies entrenchments it was found that they had succeeded in taking off or destroying nearly everything of value. Gen. Pope is now in full pursuit of the retreating foe and I think will succeed in capturing and dispersing many of them.
There will be much unjust criticism of this affair but future effects will prove it a great victory. Not being in command howe[v]er I will not give a history of the battle in advance of official reports.