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SERIES 147. VOL. 10. ADJUTANT GENERAL.
Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General of Ohio.
July [6?], 1861-October 4, 1861.

July [6?], 1861
W.F. Bartlett, et. al., Chesterville, Morrow County, Ohio. To G.B. Wright, Assistant Quartermaster General. Letter signed by ten citizens of Chesterville; stating that they had learned their townsman, R.B. Kinsell, was an applicant for a position in the Quartermaster General's department, Ohio Volunteer Militia; recommending Kinsell; and stating that Kinsell was a young man of good moral character, a good scholar of good business capacity, and in every way competent to discharge any duties assigned him in a businesslike manner. Bears a note from C[olumbus] Delano stating that the signees were gentlemen of high character and were the very best or among the best in the vicinity.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 110]

August 7, 1861
Aaron F. Perry, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that G. Shillito Smith of Cincinnati sought an appointment in one of the new regiments, that he did not know Smith personally, but from the high character of Smith's friends and from their earnest assurances, he did not believe he could be mistaken in the belief that Smith was an earnest, fit, and capable man with very considerable aptitude and preparation for military life, and that his impression was that Smith was of the right stamp and would do credit to the appointing power.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 20]

August 7, 1861
B. Storer, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that G. Shillito Smith, the son of one of Cincinnati's oldest and most estimable citizens, wanted an appointment in one of the new regiments, that Smith had much experience in the drill and military tactics, and that Smith was a most capable, energetic, and intelligent young man.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 18]

August 8, 1861
C.J. Acton, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter introducing George Shillito Smith, who wanted an appointment in one of the new regiments; and stating that he had confidence in Smith's ability to fill creditably the position assigned, that Smith had been earnest in his efforts to fit himself by study and application for the post desired, that Smith had considerable experience in the camp, that Smith would do his country good service if an opportunity was afforded him, that he could vouch for Smith's excellent character and good business qualifications, and that Smith was the son of one of Cincinnati's oldest and most respectable citizens.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 17]

August 9, 1861
W.S. Groesbeck, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter introducing the bearer, G. Shillito Smith; and stating that Smith was the son of an old citizen of Cincinnati, that Smith wanted an appointment in one of the new regiments, that Smith would show Dennison his qualifications for an appointment, that Smith was for a long time connected with the Guthrie Grays and a Captain in that regiment, that Smith had been connected with the military about seven years, and that Smith was well qualified to take a command.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 19]

August 15, 1861
?, Camp Putnam, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio. Statement of expenses incurred while recruiting, in account with William H.G. Adney.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 100]

August 20, 1861
G. Shillito Smith, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he had not heard from Dennison and was anxious to be in the service; calling Dennison's attention to the subject of his application; urging Dennison to give him an appointment; and stating that he could provide additional references.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 17]

August 20, 1861
Joseph K. Smith, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter requesting any favor which Dennison could confer on his son, G. Shillito Smith; and stating that his son was not wanting in military tactics or bravery.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 18]

August 29, 1861
Ichabod Corwin, et. al., Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter signed by fourteen individuals; and recommending John W. Igou of Champaign County as a man of energy and capacity, in every way fitting him for the office of Quartermaster.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 7]

September 6, 1861
Moses Thompson, Justice of the Peace, Pharisburg, Union County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that there were men in the neighborhood who were openly and boldly giving aid to the enemy by expressing their hope that the rebels would be successful in conquering the loyalists, that the loyal, Union loving portion of the community talked of taking the matter in hand and serving these men as traitors deserved, that these men would give material aid to the enemy if they had an opportunity, and that he was opposed to mob law; asking if they were to suffer traitors to insult them thusly with no other shield than mob law; and stating that this traitor sympathy was on the increase and would have to be dealt with at some time, the sooner the better for the country, and that if the civil law did not apply, in the "name of high heaven" martial law should be proclaimed and faithfully executed.
2 pp. [Series 147-10: 55]

September 9, 1861
E.Y. Chase, Assistant Surgeon, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Sutton, Virginia. To Assistant Adjutant General R[odney] Mason. Letter accepting his appointment as Assistant Surgeon of the 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and requesting that his commission be retained by Mason until he had an opportunity to call for it, and that Mason date the commission August 25, 1861, since Mason had delayed so long in filling it.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 52]

September 11, 1861
G.I. Young, Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio. To Hon. R.W. Tayler, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Letter stating that he noticed in the Ohio State Journal for September 10, that a committee was soon to be appointed in each Congressional District for the purpose of superintending or aiding in the recruiting service of the State; asking how such a place would suit a young man of his calibre; and stating that if Tayler thought he would suit the place and could make himself useful in it, he was at the Governor's service.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 31]

[September 12?, 1861]
John Campbell, et. al. Letter from the judges of an election held in Camp Dennison on the evening of September 11, 1861, for the election of a Captain, a 1st Lieutenant and a 2nd Lieutenant in Garrard's company of Colonel Young's cavalry regiment, certifying the election results.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 27]

September 13, 1861
N.C. McLean, Colonel, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Brigadier General [William S.] Rosecrans, U.S.A., Clarksburg, Virginia. Letter stating that he had been authorized by Major General [John C.] Fremont to raise a regiment for service under him with authority to appoint all company officers, that under this power, he had promoted Elias R. Manfoot, a Private in Company A, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to a Lieutenancy, and that Rosecrans would confer a favor by giving Manfoot his discharge. Bears a note from John A. Gurley, Aide-de-Camp, stating that McLean had the authority so specified, and that McLean's regiment was first class.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 130]

September 14, 1861
R.W. Tayler, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter enclosing a letter [207-10: 31] from Judge Young of Mahoning County; stating that Young was a man of excellent character, patriotic, and competent; and recommending Young as a member of the committee for the 20th Congressional District.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 33]

September 16, 1861
C.P. Buckingham, Adjutant General, Headquarters, Ohio Militia, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Lieutenant Frederick J. Ryan, 18th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Form letter notifying Ryan that he had been appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 18th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; requesting that Ryan immediately signify to the Adjutant General's Department his acceptance or non-acceptance of the appointment; and, pending acceptance, ordering Ryan to report without delay to Colonel T[imothy] R. Stanley at Camp Wool, Athens County, Ohio. Bears the notation "Declines".
1 p. [Series 147-10: 12]

September 16, 1861
Harry M. Smith, Post Adjutant, Camp Putnam, near Marietta, Washington County, Ohio. To Assistant Adjutant General Rodney Mason. Letter stating that during the absence of Major [O.] Bennet about two weeks before, he had forwarded Bennet the field report of September 6, addressed in Mason's care; asking if Mason had received the report; stating that he had sent the report to be signed; requesting that his commission as Adjutant be sent as soon as convenient; stating that he presumed Mason remembered his father, Professor William Smith of Old Jefferson, and that he would send railroad reports as soon as he could get the returns correct; and asking if the reports were pretty promptly made from the post.
2 pp. [Series 147-10: 13]

September 16, 1861
A.C. Voris, Akron, Summit County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he had been informed that Dennison would give him an appointment to a majority of a regiment, that he would earn his spurs for a Lieutenant Colonelcy unless the price was higher than his zeal, energy, and perseverence could command, that the contingency from Summit County would be filled up forthwith, and that he assumed Dennison would give him the appointment he sought if he provided a strong guarantee in the form of infantry recruits from Summit County.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 103]

September 18, 1861
J[ohn] M. Connell, Colonel, 17th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Rev. A.T. Fullerton, South Salem, Ross County, Ohio. Letter stating that upon the recommendation of a majority of the company commanders and field officers of the 17th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he had appointed Fullerton as Chaplain of the regiment which conferred upon Fullerton the rank and pay of Captain of cavalry; and ordering Fullerton to report for duty at Camp Dennison.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 9]

September 18, 1861
Herman J. Korf, Lieutenant Colonel commanding, 10th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Montgomery Regiment, Cross Lanes. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that Company C, 10th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry recommended Orderly Sergeant Charles [R.] LeBlanc to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of 2nd Lieutenant [Joseph] Hoban, that this recommendation was approved by the commanding officer of the regiment, and that LeBlanc was now doing duty as a 2nd Lieutenant by order of Brigadier General [William S.] Rosecrans; and requesting that Dennison order the commissions of several officers to be sent on.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 23]

September 18, 1861
Thomas Swayne, et. al. Letter signed by eleven individuals; certifying that they had been intimately acquainted with William B. Huffman for many years; and stating that they had no doubt Huffman would make a good and efficient officer.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 78]

September 19, 1861
J.M. Allen, Fredericktown, Knox County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that when he returned from Columbus, he found a messenger requesting him to go to Canton to see a gun which he had examined in embryo two years before and approved of for army service, that he saw the gun in all its parts and in field practice for two days and advised the inventor to show it to Buckingham and Governor William Dennison, that the gun was a rifle breech loader and self loader, i.e. it was loaded mechanically from its own magazines, that one magazine, located above the barrel and extending 2/3 the length of the barrel, was for bullets, that a second magazine, located below the barrel, was for powder, that a third magazine, located in the breech, was for caps, that the present magazines contained about 30 charges of powder and ball, and 500 caps, that the powder and ball magazines could be filled in one minute and the firing renewed, that with fair aim, a raw hand could fire approximately 12 to 15 times per minute, that a skillful hand could fire 20 to 30 times per minute, that without aim, the gun could be discharged as fast as 90 or 100 times per minute, that the gunner could lie flat on his back or side and fire, with aim, 10 to 15 times per minute, that the gun was durable, having been fired more than 6,000 times and frequently so fast as to become quite hot, that the inconvenience from heat was less than ordinary guns because the magazines intervened between the hand and the barrel, that either conical balls or shot could be used, that the range was not definitely ascertained, but was equal to any other gun, that he had fired a round ball 267 yards through an inch and a quarter plank, that the slug was much more efficient, that he thought the gun should be introduced at once into the army, that the gun could be made at any machine shop and enough of those were idle to flood the country with guns in 60 days, that he was better pleased with his scheme for an army cook stove and kitchen than he was at first, and that he had gained a better perception of the cheapness and utility of the scheme.
3 pp. [Series 147-10: 200]

September 20, 1861
F.B. Murphy, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter accepting the appointment of Surgeon in the 33rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that he had reported to Colonel Joshua W. Sill.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 59]

September 21, 1861
Howard S. Bates, Camp Chase, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter accepting a 1st Lieutenancy in the 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 31]

September 21, 1861
W.H. Clapp, Camp Chase, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter accepting a 2nd Lieutenancy in the 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 32]

September 21, 1861
John Stone, Bloom Center, Wood County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that during the interval between the date of his application and its receipt, several companies had been recruited and joined other regiments, that under the circumstances, he had thought it best not to take any steps to recruit a company for the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry as the time was so short (three days), and that he had decided to get as many men as possible and await further instructions from Buckingham's office as to whether, in case part of a company could be raised, they could be transferred to some other regiment.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 48]

September 21, 1861
F.A. Williams, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter accepting his appointment as Captain in the 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 60]

September 22, 1861
James Cantwell, Lieutenant Colonel commanding, 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Pendleton, Maryland. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter stating that at an election held on September 21, James Cantwell was elected Colonel to fill the vacancy created by the death of Colonel Lorin Andrews, that James H. Godman was elected Lieutenant Colonel, and that George Weaver was elected Major. Attested to by B.R. Durfee, Adjutant, 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 92]

September 22, 1861
John S. Ellen, 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Scott, Nicholas County, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter enclosing the certificate of his appointment as 2nd Lieutenant in the 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 160]

September 22, [1861]
H. B[lair] Wilson, Lieutenant Colonel commanding, 44th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Clark, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he received many applications for recommendations from parties applying for the positions of field officers of the 44th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that these applications were made by men to whom he was under many personal obligations, that he had in all cases protested that there was little propriety in his interfering in the matter, that all he desired was that competent field officers should be appointed, that he had told his men that they would have competent officers, that he was sure Dennison would give them such, and that he would make up his mind and notify Dennison promptly regarding the appointments, if any, which he had the right to recommend; and providing his recommendations for Surgeon, Assistant Surgeon, Quartermaster, and Adjutant.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 68]

[September 23?, 1861]
Charles Ankele, Major, Headquarters, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Brown, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter notifying Buckingham that certain officers had accepted their appointments in Companies D and E, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 8]

September 23, 1861
V.B. Hibbs, Camp Morrow, Scioto County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter accepting his appointment as Captain of a company of light infantry in the 33rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 59]

September 23, 1861
C. Kingsbury, Jr., Washington, D.C. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that feeling himself too young and incompetent to accept the Majority of an Ohio regiment, he had written a note to the Governor to that effect, leaving it at the Willard Hotel the previous week, that he had just discovered the note was not handed to the Governor, and that he thought a more suitable man could be easily found; and declining the Majority of the 40th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 61]

[September 23?, 1861]
P[eter] Kinney, Colonel. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending appointments for Lieutenant Colonel, Major, and Adjutant of the 56th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Bears a note from William Dennison to Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham instructing him to make those appointments recommended by Kinney. Back of letter bears note from Dennison stating that if Kinney consented, Buckingham should appoint Mr. Allan, brother of the editor of the Journal, Quartermaster of the 56th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
2 pp. [Series 147-10: 10]

September 23, 1861
H[arry] M. McAbee, Surgeon, 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Canton, Stark County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that in view of the vacancy created in the 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry by the death of [Lorin] Andrews, he suggested Captain William F. Reynolds of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, U.S.A. as a man who was in every sense highly qualified for such a command.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 6]

September 23, 1861
Thomas Sikes, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter accepting his appointment as 1st Lieutenant of a company of light infantry in the 33rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 24]

September 23, 1861
Frank T. Stewart, Camp Giddings, Jefferson, Ashtabula County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter accepting his appointment as 2nd Lieutenant of infantry in the 29th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 36]

September 23, 1861
Ferd[inand] VanDerveer, Colonel commanding, 35th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, et. al., Camp Hamilton. To Governor William Dennison. Letter signed by eleven field officers and commandants of companies of the 35th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; stating that they had elected Rev. John Woods as Chaplain of the regiment; and requesting that Dennison issue Woods a commission.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 39]

September 23, 1861
Theron S. Winship, Camp Giddings, Jefferson, Ashtabula County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter accepting his appointment in the 29th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 10]

September 24, 1861
Jasper Bonar, Harriettsville, Noble County, Ohio. To Sir. Letter stating that he had been in the 22nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) and wanted to return to the service of his country, that he would like to raise a company and take them into camp, that he would endeavor to do so if he received authority, and that he thought prospects were good.
1 p. [Series 147-10: 86]