Civil War Guide Project
SERIES 147. VOL 4. ADJUTANT GENERAL.
Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General of Ohio
April 25-August 20, 1861.

April 25, 1861
J.M. Connell, Commandant, Headquarters, Camp Anderson. Copy of special order appointing Patrick Powers acting Quartermaster at the rate of $2.00 per day. Together with copy of special order dated May 2, 1861, from H.H. Giesy continuing Patrick Powers' appointment; and copy of note from H.H. Giesy stating that Powers' appointment continued until May 11, 1861, when George L. Sites was appointed.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 209]

May 13, 1861
R.W. Taylor, Office of the Auditor of State, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To General [H.B.] Carrington. Note stating that Mr. Tallmadge had filed his bond as Assistant Quartermaster.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 2]

July 8, [1861]
James Crane, Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had just returned home from service in western Virginia as Orderly Sergeant in Company F, 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), that he could raise a company of 101 men in Geauga County for three years' service without much trouble, and that his new company would include approximately forty men from his old company; requesting a 1st or 2nd Lieutenant's commission; and stating that he could have a company ready in four weeks.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 65]

July 17, 1861
A.J. Sterling, Mt. Victory, Hardin County, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter requesting orders to raise a company for three years' service or during the war and a pass to take his men into camp; and stating that he had enlisted forty men and wanted to get them into camp as soon as possible.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 156]

July 20, 1861
E.E. Ward, Captain, Lenox, Ashtabula County, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter stating that he had a small company of Reserve Militia which he proposed turning into an artillery company; and asking if a full artillery company would be accepted.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 51]

July 22, 1861
J.S. Stephenson, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that a company of approximately 100 firemen from Cleveland had been drilling for three months in infantry tactics and that a number of these men were familiar with and experienced in artillery drill, and that they would be glad to form an artillery company for active service and could be ready in fifteen days or sooner after receiving Buckingham's order to form such a company.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 50]

July 24, 1861
T.D. McClelland, 1st Lieutenant, Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the Sandusky Rover Guards, Militia of the Reserve had voted unanimously to fill up their ranks to the war standard and tender their services to the government for the war; asking if the government would subsist these men from the time they were accepted until ordered into camp, and if new commissions would be granted in the active service to the present commissioned officers; and stating that it was the unanimous wish of the men to retain their officers.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 49]

July 27, 1861
James Leslie, Jr., Chief Clerk, War Department, Washington, D.C. To Colonel Leonard A. Harris, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Copy of letter stating that Harris' regiment of infantry was accepted provided that he had it ready for marching orders in twenty-one days, and that the acceptance was with the distinct understanding that the War Department would revoke the commissions of all officers who were found incompetent for the proper discharge of their duties; instructing Harris to promptly advise Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas at Washington of the date his men would be ready for mustering; and stating that Thomas would detail an officer for that purpose, and that Thomas would issue orders to muster in by companies at Camp Dennison. Verso bears note dated August 8, 1861, from W.T. Bascom stating that the letter was a true copy.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 99]

July 28, 1861
S.J. Murray, Georgetown, Brown County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter requesting an order to raise a company of infantry for immediate service; and stating that he was of the opinion that a good company could be raised in Brown County.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 63]

July 29, 1861
J.J. Dinsmore, Holmes Mills, Jefferson County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter asking if he could be received as Captain of a company if he formed one; stating that his left hand was disabled, but that he could wield the pen in his right hand and thought he could also wield the sword in defense of his country; requesting the opportunity to serve his country in some capacity; and stating that he was a Democrat and hoped Dennison would not object to him on that account.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 126]

July 30, 1861
James Lesley, Jr., Chief Clerk, War Department, Washington, D.C. To B.F. Wade and Jno. Hutchins. Letter authorizing Wade and Hutchins to furnish a regiment of cavalry and a battery of artillery in accordance with general orders and regulations, provided that these units would be ready for marching orders in twenty-one days; and stating that the acceptance of these units was with the distinct understanding that the War Department would revoke the commissions of all officers who were found incompetent for the proper discharge of their duties, that Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas at Washington, D.C. was to be promptly advised of the date on which the men would be ready for mustering, and that Thomas would detail an officer for that purpose with instructions to muster by companies.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 186]

July 30, 1861
James Lesley, Jr., Chief Clerk, War Department, Washington, D.C. To B.F. Wade and John Hutchins. Identical to preceding letter.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 176]

August 1, 1861
L[ewis] P. Buckley, Major, 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), et. al., Camp Chase, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending Thomas Clark (a resident of Cleveland, Ohio) for an appointment to any active, responsible duty where there might be a vacancy; stating that Clark was of mature age, strictly temperate habits, active and vigorous, and that Clark had received a military education; and attesting to Clark's efficiency as a drill master.
3 pp. [Series 147-4: 81]

August 1, 1861
R.C. Kirk, Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter written on behalf of Thomas Shaw of Boston who wanted a contract to supply shoes at $1.15 cash per pair, which was 15 cents less per pair than the lowest price any of the states had paid.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 107]

August 2, 1861
Lorin Andrews, Camp New Creek, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter recommending Sergeant A. Gilliam for a Lieutenancy in one of the new companies forming in Ohio; and stating that Gilliam was well informed in the school of the soldier and an excellent drill officer for squad drill, and would never disgrace himself or the service.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 72]

August 2, 1861
O[gden] Street, Captain, Company C, 11th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Gauley, Head of Kanawha, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that his company had been reduced by sickness, and that there were twenty men from Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio who were anxious to join his company; and requesting that Buckingham send a pass for these men to Judge J.A. Ambler of Salem.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 55]

August 3, 1861
J.S. Feeney, Quaker Bottom, Lawrence County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that there were cavalry arms at Ironton, that said arms were left by Captain George when he went into service since he had received more efficient arms, that the arms left by Captain George were laying idle, that all arms should be in use given the times, and that he would take possession of the arms left by Captain George if Buckingham gave the order.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 66]

August 3, 1861
C. Kingsbury, Jr., Acting Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Army of Occupation, West Virginia, Clarksburg, Virginia. Copy of Special Order Number 50 issued by Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans and instructing Brigadier General Charles W. Hill to turn over his command of the post at Grafton to Brigadier General B.F. Kelley, proceed to Columbus, and report to Governor William Dennison for duty in reorganizing the Ohio regiments.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 96]

August 4, 1861
Thomas Clark, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter forwarding a petition for his benefit signed by all the Captains of the 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service); stating that he had entered Camp Taylor as Drill Master, was subsequently elected Captain of the Buckeye Rifles, went to the 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) with some of his men when the Buckeye Rifles disbanded, enrolled as Drill Master in Company D at Camp Goddard, and volunteered to accompany the regiment when it left camp, that he had hoped to be appointed by Colonel Samuel Beatty to the place of Adjutant, but was sorry now as he could never have had patience with Beatty's indolence, inactivity and rather intemperate habits, that he had been advised that Camp Taylor would be reopened, and that it was his belief that he could institute a system of discipline and instruction fully equal to that which existed when the camp was previously in operation; asking to be appointed Commandant of the camp; and stating that he was ready for any active duty except going again into the field under any commander who "gets disguised with liquor," and that he regarded intemperance on the part of officers as the greatest evil that could befall the Union cause. See [Series 147-4: 81].
3 pp. [Series 147-4: 23]

August 4, 1861
Jno. G. Marshall, Georgetown, Brown County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that the bearer, Colonel James P. Fyffe, was anxious to raise a regiment for active service; recommending Fyffe as a gentleman well qualified to take command of a regiment; and citing Fyffe's service during the entire Mexican War.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 28]

August 5, 1861
Max Albert, Captain, Beallsville, Monroe County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that Buckingham's dispatch asking when he could get his company to Columbus had been opened and detained at Woodsfield for some unknown reason, that he could probably be ready in two weeks, that some of his men had gone with other companies, that he needed time to replace them which he thought could be done as soon as the harvest was over, and that he was meeting with considerable difficulty since Mr. Hollester at Woodsfield had taken some men by misrepresentation who intended to join his company.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 87]

[August 5?, 1861]
John H. Allen. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he had just returned from Hillsboro where he had been drilling the officers of the Highland Reserve Regiment, and that while he desired to do all in his power to aid the Government, he was so situated that he could not accept a Colonelcy of one of the Ohio regiments.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 93]

August 5, 1861
J[acob] Ammen, Colonel, 24th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Clarksburg, Virginia. To Governor William Dennison. Letter relating the circuitous route of the 24th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry from the time it left Camp Chase on July 26, until it arrived in Clarksburg on July 30; stating that 1,000 shirts had arrived, that they had received no haversacks, that a Sergeant from Company A had died of lung fever since their arrival, that his various and arduous duties as commander of the post left him little time to devote to his regiment, that General William S. Rosecrans had let him judge how much time he could devote to the regiment, and that he had received $1,000 from Mr. Morris at Bellaire; asking if he accounted for that money to the State of Ohio or the Quartermaster General of the United States; and stating that they had received no cooked provisions as the telegraph informed them they would.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 97]

August 5, 1861
J.N. Bimpson, Lieutenant commanding Cavalry Company A, Camp Carrington. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that a cavalry company had been ordered from Ironton to Camp Carrington some four weeks ago, and that this company arrived expecting to find saddles and bridles, but were disappointed; asking when they would be equipped; stating that part of the company was currently in service in Virginia, that the horses' backs were getting bruised and that the bridles were not fit for men to do good service, and that he sometimes thought their Captain did not give the company a favorable recommendation at headquarters; giving his assurance that the company would do good service if properly equipped; and stating that they could not drill properly because the saddles they borrowed had all been returned.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 103]

August 5, 1861
S. Burke, Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that the bearer, H.H. Poppleton, was on a visit to Columbus to do what he could to induce the "harmonious democracy" to harmonize with the Republicans on a State ticket in the fall, and that Poppleton might also desire to "get a little light" into military matters as he had some disposition to shoulder arms and enter the service.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 100]

August 5, 1861
R[obert] W. Crane, Morgan, Ashtabula County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter providing the post office addresses of the commissioned officers of Company D, 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service).
1 p. [Series 147-4: 2]

August 5, 1861
John H. Dickerson, Captain and Assistant Quartermaster, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that since his meeting with Dennison, he had been thinking of the trouble he would have in supplying companies as they were mustered in separately, and that he thought a better way to ensure the speedy clothing and equipping of the new regiments would be for Dennison to order a field officer from each regiment to Columbus to be mustered in and given a full complement of clothing and equipage for a regiment; and asking which regiments were to be supplied first and to what points the supplies were to be sent.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 89]

August 5, 1861
William R. Jackson, Monroeville, Huron County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he was desirous of obtaining a position in one of the offices in the State House, and that he was confident of his ability to perform the duties of an office clerk as well as any he had seen acting in that capacity during his many visits.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 98]

August 5, 1861
M. Jarvis, Gilmore, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter stating that in Gilmore and vicinity, there was almost an endless number of loyal Union men who were willing to work for the common good, that military matters had heretofore been at a very low ebb, that the past few months had set forth the public spirit in a new light, that military skill was now coveted by all, that old and young alike were lending a helping hand, that a very respectable company of seventy members had been formed, with a flattering prospect for more, that with about a dozen exceptions, the company was fully uniformed, that officers had been elected, and that the company was governed by a constitution and bylaws of its own manufacture; asking if they could be accepted as Ohio Volunteer Militia subject to all the advantages of drawing arms, equipments and funds, and not be obliged to go beyond the limits of the State in any active service; and stating that the company was composed largely of farmers and mechanics, that their circumstances would not permit them to go from home into active service at a distance, that should any riot or war by invasion or insurrection take place within the State, they were all willing to lend their aid in suppressing same, and that they were all deeply anxious to form an organization under State power, provided the State could not force them beyond its borders.
3 pp. [Series 147-4: 87]

August 5, 1861
H.G. Kennett, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, Headquarters, Camp Chase, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Dear Sir. Letter listing the names of Privates from the 23rd, 24th, and 25th Regiments, Ohio Volunteer Infantry who had recovered sufficiently to join their regiments; stating that Dr. Gray had procured passes for them; requesting that they be ordered to join their regiments; and stating that they had two days rations and passes to Bellaire.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 64]

August 5, 1861
C.R. Lord, Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had decided to join Colonel [Thomas H.] Ford's 32nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and thought it best to notify Buckingham.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 41]

August 5, 1861
E.H. Moore, Athens, Athens County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that the bearer, Joseph L. Kessinger, was seeking a position, and that Kessinger was honest and capable and would not solicit a position which he was not fully competent to fill.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 90]

August 5, 1861
Simeon Nash, Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that Captain John R. Blessing and Sheriff James Campbell had formed a cavalry company, that the return of the election of officers had been sent to General [R.A.] Constable who apparently never sent it on or did anything with it, and that Blessing and Campbell proposed to visit Columbus to rectify the situation; requesting that Dennison introduce Blessing and Campbell to Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham; and stating that Blessing, Campbell and himself did not understand General Constable's way of doing things, and that there was something wrong about the matter.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 66]

August 5, 1861
L.A. Sheldon, Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter introducing H.H. Poppleton of Elyria as a young man of character, integrity and ability.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 93]

August 5, 1861
J.W. Sill, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter regarding the general order for the organization of the three years' regiments which specified that two-thirds of the company officers were to be appointed at the commencement of the organization and one- third after the full compliment was obtained.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 104]

August [5?], 1861
Wray Thomas, et. al., Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that they had confidence in the ability and patriotism of M.D. Moeller; and requesting that he be appointed Captain in the Union Army and given permission to raise a company. Signed by seventeen citizens of Columbus.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 24]

August 6, 1861
J[ohn] C. Baum, Postmaster, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that Captain Lewis Hoffman had received a commission from the War Department in Washington as Captain of a battery in V[irginia] Army, and that this would prevent him from accepting the commission offered by Dennison.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 143]

August 6, 1861
H.S. Bundy, Jackson County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that Dr. J.E. Wood of Scioto County was desirous of raising a company of volunteers for the war and wanted authority for that purpose; and recommending Wood.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 25]

August 6, 1861
R.A. Constable, Brigadier General, Headquarters, 3rd Brigade and 7th Division, Militia and Ohio Volunteer Militia, Athens, Athens County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had issued an order to enlist a company of cavalry at the request of one of "our best citizens," that this individual, acting upon a paragraph seen in the Cincinnati Gazette, erroneously told those persons he enlisted that they would receive 50 cents per day for the use of each horse they provided and would be paid for each such horse lost in battle, that when the error came to his attention, he immediately corrected it, that in consequence of the erroneous information, it was not possible to raise the company by the date originally proposed, and that the requisite number could be raised in approximately two weeks with the provision that the men would be paid 40 cents per day for the use and risk of each horse they provided.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 106]

August 6, 1861
William B. French, Lockland, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter requesting appointment as Commissary for the brigade to be formed at Camp Dennison.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 62]

August 6, 1861
Charles W. Hill, Brigadier General, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he was reporting himself for duty pursuant to Special Order Number 50, issued by Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 95]

August 6, 1861
Samuel L. Leffingwell, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he could not report as soon as Dennison wished because his wife was expected to give birth in three or four days, and that he would not let his wife's condition deter him from accepting Dennison's offer of a position; and asking if it was necessary for him to report that week or if he might have time to settle his domestic and financial affairs.
2 pp. [Series 147-4: 29]

August 6, 1861
George E. Paine, Captain, Company F, 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), Painesville, Lake County, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter requesting the necessary information to enable those volunteers to get their discharges and pay who could not travel to the place of mustering out and payment, stating that many members of his company were unable to travel by reason of their continued sickness.
1 p. [Series 147-4: 92]