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SERIES 147. VOLUME 29. ADJUTANT GENERAL.
Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General of Ohio,
June 1, 1861-March 30, 1862.

June 1, 1861
A[braham] Sanders Piatt, Colonel, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), Headquarters, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To ? Letter ordering the qualified electors of Company D, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) to meet at their company headquarters between the hours of 10 A.M. and 5 P.M. on June 1, 1861, and then and there proceed to elect by ballot one Captain and two Lieutenants for said company. Bears a note dated July 13, 1861, at Parkersburgh, Virginia; signed by the judges; and certifying that the election was held in accordance with Piatt's order on June 1, 1861, between the hours mentioned, that the returns of said election were signed by them, and that the returns were sealed and delivered by the clerk to Brigadier General [Newton] Schleich at his headquarters.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 113]

September 30, 1861
David J. Brown, Late Representative, Henry County and Putnam County, Kalida, Putnam County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending the application of Captain A[mericus] V. Rice for Major of the 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that Rice was a young man of the strictest integrity and superior intellectual attainments, that Rice had shown himself to be a man of military skill in his rapid advancement in military knowledge, and that Rice's appointment would give his numerous friends great pleasure and materially aid the Union cause in that part of Ohio.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 131]

September 30, 1861
C.M. Godfrey, Buckeye, Putnam County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending Captain A[mericus] V. Rice as a man suitable for the position of Major of the 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that Rice commanded a company in the 21st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) with eminent distinction, and that Rice's appointment would confer a favor on the Union men of his section of the state.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 134]

[September? 30?, 1861?]
A.J. Taylor, Major, 21st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service). To Governor William Dennison, and Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter recommending Captain A[mericus] V. Rice for Major of the 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that Rice was a man of unquestionable moral character and well qualified as a military man for the position, that Rice had served as Captain of Company E, 21st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) in western Virginia where he distinguished himself as a man of military ability and skill and one of the most efficient officers in said regiment, and that Rice's appointment would be received very gratefully by the citizens of northwest Ohio.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 133]

October 1, 1861
W[illiam] Mungen, Lieutenant Colonel, 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Office of the United States Express Company, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that Lieutenant [James C.] Gribben was visiting Buckingham for the purpose of making immediate arrangements to have his men mustered into service; requesting that Buckingham facilitate Gribben's business and oblige, and that Buckingham ask the Governor to make no further field appointments for the 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at present; and stating that further field appointments would perhaps injure the prospects of the recruiting.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 131]

October 3, 1861
Josiah F. Blickensderfer, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. To Colonel Thomas Worthington. Letter stating that for six weeks he had done nothing but recruit for the 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and 51st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he "stirred" out 125 men for the 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and over 150 men for the 51st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that the 51st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was nearly full, that the command of a company was open to him, but he declined the position, that having furnished the most men, he wished the command of a flanking company which was refused, that he believed the 51st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry could never be very efficient and consequently would see but little active service, that he did not wish to disparage the 51st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry since all the Privates were the best material he had yet seen, that with three exceptions, the 51st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was poorly officered, that he thought there could yet be 150 good men enlisted in his Congressional district, that he thought a company of sharpshooters could be raised in a short time, that if Worthington would assure him immediately of a command in the 46th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and send the appointment of Captain, he would send 30 men by the following week and recruit wherever Worthington wished him, that he had closed up all his business locally and rented his farms for three years, that he would go into the service of the country if he received encouragement from a well known and efficient field officer, and that he could be ready at a moment's notice; citing references; and stating that he could send the recommendation of all company officers in Camp Meigs, Canal Dover, Ohio, and that he hoped Worthington would take his propensity into consideration and accept his services. Bears a note from Worthington stating that he mailed a copy of the order abolishing the late method of recruiting, and referred Blickensderfer's letter to the Adjutant General.
4 pp. [Series 147-29: 114]

October 6, 1861
A.F. Turney, and A.S. Gordon, Camp Lyon. To ? Letter stating that on October 4, in a conversation with Colonel [Newton] Schleich in Lancaster, Ohio, Schleich said that Captain Thomas of Rushville, per an order in his possession, would go to Zanesville and enter the 62nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that having been apprised that Schleich had procured an order to put Thomas into the 61st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Lancaster, they were reiterating their former statement that Schleich did say more than once that Thomas had been ordered to Zanesville as Camp Lyon and [Thomas] Worthington's regiment [46th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry] were to be broken up, and that Schleich did not intimate to either of them that Thomas had been ordered into the 61st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Lancaster. Signed in the presence of Emanuel Giesy.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 86]

October 11, 1861
B.W. Chidlaw, and James Griffiths, Builder, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To R. Buchanan. Letter stating that Theophilus Davies, a young man of excellent character, good habits, and fair education, enlisted in Company B, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Guthrie Grays) and had been a faithful soldier and a first rate scout, that Davies was highly esteemed by his comrades, that he had known Davies for years, that while Davies was at Camp Dennison, he observed with pleasure his devotion to his duties and his progress in the work of preparation for the life of an American soldier, that he would commend Davies to Buchanan's favorable regards and through Buchanan to the committee, that Davies was 22 years old, robust, and not a day off duty since his enlistment, and that he esteemed Davies to be eminently worthy of promotion. Bears the endorsements of D.K. Este, Joseph K. Smith, W.W. Scarborough, and John Shillito.
3 pp. [Series 147-29: 136]

October 17, 1861
Thomas Fraser, Samuel Stertzman, and Charles Rule, Military Committee, 1st District, Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending Theophilus Davis as a suitable person to be commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, believing him fully qualified for the position and competent to recruit the quota of men required in their district.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 136]

October 17, 1861
J.C. Gribben, Prosecuting Attorney of Putnam County, Ohio, Kalida, Putnam County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending Captain A[mericus] V. Rice for Major of the 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that Rice was a man of exceedingly fine literary attainments and an accomplished gentleman in every respect, that Rice served as Captain of the 21st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) and proved himself to be one of the most active and efficient officers of the regiment, that Rice was a man of unusual good habits, that Rice was moral, upright, and persevering in all his undertakings, and that he felt no hesitancy in saying that Rice's appointment to the named office would meet the entire approbation of the people of northwestern Ohio and assist greatly in filling up the regiment at an early day.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 132]

October 20, 1861
Lewis D. Campbell, Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he was writing on a subject connected with the raising of volunteers, that unless the authority issued to recruit in that section of the State for one year's service was immediately revoked, it would be next to useless to spend time and money in efforts to raise volunteers for three years or the war, that he knew that the recruiting officers for the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry were greatly embarrassed and were becoming disheartened by the fact that they had to compete with the one year permits, that men would not volunteer for three years when the same inducements were offered if they enlisted for one year only, that the permit to W.H. Kline to recruit in Darke County and Preble County for the 60th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for one year's service had destroyed all hopes of raising companies there for the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he would go to Columbus that evening to see Dennison and the Adjutant General on the subject, but previous engagements prevented it, that he sent Lieutenant [Joseph W.] Boynton to confer with Dennison, that having the public interest in view, he deemed it his duty to state frankly that if this inequality was not at once removed, the process of raising the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry would be a heavy drag, that what they desired were terms of equality, either that the recruiting officers for the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry be allowed to receive men for one year or that none be permitted to recruit for less than three years in the Miami Valley, and that it was decidedly best that this question be settled at once and before they put the State to the expense of equipping the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Bears a note from William Beckett to Dennison; stating that he endorsed what Campbell had written, and that he thought the system of recruiting for one year should at once be stopped.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 89]

November 10, 1861
T.D. Edwards, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To the Honorable R.W. Tayler, Columbus. Letter stating that Seth A. Bushnell, who had been Captain of Company A, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, had resigned because of ill health, that Bushnell's 1st Lieutenant, Emerson Opdycke, feared that he would be thrown out of the promotion to the Captaincy by some act of an officer in his regiment, that Opdycke wanted some facts which might weigh in his favor presented to the proper authority through Tayler, that Opdycke maintained that Lieutenant [Junius R.] Sanford, now Adjutant of the regiment, was endeavoring to secure the Captaincy of Company A by having his commission dated back so as to claim the position on account of being senior 1st Lieutenant of the regiment, that Opdycke was sworn in on August 26, 1861, and Sanford, according to his own statement, was sworn into service on August 30, 1861, that Opdycke was an excellent and efficient officer, was popular with his command, stood high in the estimation of the officers of the regiment, and well merited promotion, that if Tayler made a statement of these facts at headquarters and saw justice done Opdycke, both he and Opdycke would be greatly obliged, and that Sanford would be visiting Columbus on November 11. Together with a letter from Emerson Opdycke, 1st Lieutenant, Company A, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to the Honorable R.W. Tayler; stating that in addition to what his friend, T.D. Edwards, had said, he wished to say that Company A was gotten up by S[eth] A. Bushnell and himself at considerable expense and labor, that the men had just given him their unanimous votes for Captain of the company, that if Sanford succeeded in forcing himself on the company as Captain (as he was evidently endeavoring to do), it would just about ruin one of the best companies in the regiment, that it was now harmonious and would be if their Adjutant was held to the same rule as the rest of them in regard to date of commission, that the Colonel [William B. Hazen] said his case was a clear one, that he knew Sanford was going to Columbus on November 11 to get his commission dated back far enough to rank him, that this done, Sanford could demand the Captaincy of their company according to U.S. regulations which they were now under, that by giving the matter his immediate attention, Tayler would greatly oblige the company and himself, and that if the Adjutant General wanted more evidence of the facts mentioned, he could supply it in any quantity desired provided there was a postponement of a decision until he had time to get the additional evidence to Columbus.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 88]

November 25, 1861
W[illiam] S. Smith, Colonel, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Huddleston, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter reporting on the locality and condition of the 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in compliance with orders dated November 14, 1861.
3 pp. [Series 147-29: 117]

November 29, 1861
Bradford Miller, 2nd Lieutenant, Company A, 1st Brigade, 1st Regiment, 9th Division, Ohio Volunteer Reserve Militia, North Georgetown, Columbiana County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that about June 1, 1861, a volunteer company of reserve militia was raised in North Georgetown, that the company was reported at Columbus and accepted, that an order was issued for an election, that the election was held, that all prospered finely until August 24, 1861, at which time many desired going into immediate service, that the Captain of the company agreed to go with the men, that a large majority of the men desired to go, that two days after signifying their willingness to go, unbeknown to the 1st Lieutenant or himself, the Captain transferred the men over to a S[olomon] J. Firestone who was then recruiting for the 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that before either of the Lieutenants were aware of it, Firestone had gotten a large number of the men to enlist with him, that this left them powerless, that had the Captain told them he would not go, they would have raised the company and gone, but when their own men were gone, they made no effort, that the course of the Captain destroyed all their confidence in him, that the men who had not gone to war firmly declared they would drill under no coward, that there were less than thirty men whose names were reported at Buckingham's office who were not at war, that he saw the 1st Lieutenant who said it was impossible to get the men to drill, that they might prosecute, yet the men said even then they would not drill, that he was writing to determine what course they should pursue, that they could see only one way and that was to disband and the commissioned officers resign, that it was useless to try and make the men drill as they were so incensed at the Captain they would not, that the company was meeting on the 31st inst., at which time they hoped to do something definite about the matter, and that he hoped Buckingham would do his best by them and permit the company to disorganize if it could be done.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 109]

December 2, 1861
James P. Fyffe, Colonel, 59th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Roster of commissioned officers of the 59th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 115]

December 8, 1861
F.C. Searl, et. al., Scioto County Military Committee, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter certifying that William H. Brady was a man of good character and some military experience; and stating that in their opinion, Brady was well qualified in every respect for the office of 2nd Lieutenant to which they were informed he had been chosen in Company H, 56th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Bears an endorsement signed by seventeen officers of the 56th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 87]

December 9, 1861
E[dward] Siber, Colonel, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Clifton, Valley of the Great Kanawha, Western Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had promised A. Grodzicki of Cincinnati to propose him for the vacant Captaincy of the tenth company of the 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the event he was able to recruit at least thirty-three able bodied men for the same company, and that if this met with Buckingham's approval, he wished to give Grodzicki a commission as recruiting officer for the 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 85]

December 24, 1861
J[oel] F. Asper, Captain, Company H, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, et. al., Camp Keys, Romney, Virginia. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter signed by twelve officers of the 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; recommending Samuel C. Wheeler of Company E, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a very worthy gentleman who had rendered faithful service in said company for the past eight months; stating that from his ability, experience, and practical military knowledge, Wheeler was well qualified for the office of 2nd Lieutenant in the infantry service; and recommending Wheeler's appointment.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 140]

[December 24?, 1861]
George Reber, et. al. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter signed by twenty citizens of Sandusky, Ohio; recommending Samuel C. Wheeler of Company E, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry as a very worthy man of strictly temperate habits; stating that from their long acquaintance with Wheeler as a citizen of Sandusky, his military knowledge and experience acquired by service in an independent company locally, and his more recent service of about eight months in Company E, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, they believed Wheeler well qualified for the office of 2nd Lieutenant; and recommending Wheeler's appointment as such in the infantry service.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 139]

December 27, 1861
Manning F. Force, [Lieutenant Colonel, 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry], Camp King, [Kentucky]. To the Honorable B. Storer. Letter stating that two companies of the 83rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, now in Missouri, were ordered to Camp Dennison to be transferred to some other regiment; requesting that Storer write to Governor William Dennison to have the companies transferred to the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; stating that surrounded by whiskey shops and by people who gave as well as sold whiskey freely, they stood out in the neighborhood as the sober men, that they had learned when an order was given, they had nothing to do but obey, that not a person in the region could complain of a chicken or a turnip taken by them without leave, that they drilled well and had lived in tents long enough to have some experience in camp life, that the regiment would have been full long ago if every company designated for it had come into their camp, that eleven companies originally designated for them were now in other regiments, and that it was not a fortnight since a full company was taken from them; and asking if it was well for the State of Ohio that a regiment above the average with a Colonel far above the average (for there were not many in the service better than Colonel [Charles] Whittlesey) should "rust" there in such times.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 143]

December 29, 1861
T[imothy] R. Stanley, Colonel, 18th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Jefferson, Bacon Creek, Kentucky. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter stating that the Honorable Alexander Pearce of Vinton County, Ohio was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 18th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), that as soon as he was chosen to command the regiment, he appointed Pearce as his Adjutant, that Pearce served in this capacity to his entire satisfaction until the end of the term, that he had hoped to have Pearce with him in the present service, but other arrangements were made, that learning Pearce was now out of service, he cheerfully bore testimony to his character as a man and officer, and that he hoped Pearce might receive an appointment such as his merits deserved.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 128]

December 30, 1861
George Hoadly, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that his friend, [Manning F.] Force of the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry now at Camp King, was naturally very anxious to be at Somerset or on Green River, that Force had eight full companies of as good a material as was embodied in any Ohio corps in service, that under [Charles] Whittlesey's command, Force felt confident he and the regiment would give a good account of themselves, that Force felt as if Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham had given the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry the cold shoulder hitherto and that now they were entitled to a little favor at headquarters, that what the officers of the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry wished was that two companies of the 83rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which they understood had been ordered to Camp Dennison to be attached to some regiment, should be used to fill their corps, that he could see a very good reason why the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had been kept there heretofore, but it seemed unnecessary to detain them longer if it was so easy to fill up the regiment and send them against the enemy, that he rejoiced at Buckingham's efforts at consolidation and hoped they would be carried even further, that this seemed to be a very simple and easy opportunity for a successful consolidation, that he had taken a good deal of interest in the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that the officers were kind enough to attribute the good health of the men in part to the labors of his family, that he hoped Dennison would not deem it presumptive on his part to venture to add his voice to that of his friends in asking that such a fine corps as the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry might be filled up and ordered into active service, that he hoped Dennison might be able to get something done for their friend Charley Anderson, and that he heard Dennison had made the effort.
3 pp. [Series 147-29: 144]

December 30, 1861
John Kebler, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that Lieutenant Colonel [Manning F.] Force of the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, now at Camp King, Kentucky, was very anxious to receive the two companies of the 83rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry ordered home from Missouri so as to make his regiment full, that he trusted this might be done if Dennison thought the best interests of the service would be promoted, that the 20th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was well drilled and consisted of the best materials, and that Force was anxious to take the field.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 144]

December 30, 1861
T[homas] C.H. Smith, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Headquarters, Camp Buell, near Louisville, Kentucky. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that 1st Lieutenant Philip [Smizer] of Company G, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry had resigned and his resignation had been accepted, and that after proper consultation with the officers immediately interested, he recommended that 2nd Lieutenant Leonard Irwin of Company G be promoted to the vacant 1st Lieutenancy and that Orderly Sergeant William H. Woodlief, who had shown himself possessed of the best qualifications for a commission as company officer, be appointed 2nd Lieutenant in said company.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 141]

January 1, 1862
James W. Forsyth, Captain, 18th Infantry, Headquarters, 64th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Bardstown, Kentucky. To Governor William Dennison. Letter enclosing his commission as Colonel of the 64th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; stating that he had not received a leave of absence and would not therefore be able to accept the Colonelcy; and recommending the present Lieutenant Colonel for the position.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 142]

January 1, 1862
Ora O. Kelsea, Captain, Company H, 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Keys, Romney, Virginia. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that in anticipation of the acceptance of 2nd Lieutenant Charles A. Wright's resignation, Colonel S[amuel] S. Carroll suggested the propriety of recommending the appointment of 2nd Sergeant Elijah Hayden to fill the vacancy thus formed, that Hayden was a man worthy of the commission in all respects, being of good moral character, temperate in his habits, and a man of excellent military capacity, and that Hayden's appointment would please him very much.
1 p. [Series 147-29: 137]

January 2, 1862
John Beatty, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 3rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, et. al. To Governor William Dennison. Letter signed by twenty-six commissioned officers of the 3rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; requesting Dennison to commission Kimble C. Wells of Company K as a Lieutenant and appoint him Quartermaster for the regiment; and stating that Wells had been Commissary Sergeant in the regiment for some time, and that Wells was a man of fine business qualifications and good habits, and well qualified to discharge the duties of Quartermaster.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 125]

January 2, 1862
Edward [S. Richards], Camp Wickliffe, Kentucky. To Father. Letter regarding his desire for a promotion; and stating that he was greatly obliged to his father for continued efforts on his behalf, and that he was glad his father had met with such success.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 130]

January 2, 1862
M[arcus] A. Westcott, Captain, Company A, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Wickliffe, Kentucky. To ? Letter certifying that Edward S. Richards, a Private in Company A, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was enlisted in the three months' service at Camp Harrison on April 20, 1861, and re-enlisted for three years at Camp Dennison on June 18, 1861, and that Richards had served faithfully in said company to date; stating that Richards had always been prompt and efficient in all duties assigned him; and recommending Richards for promotion in any new regiment. Bears the endorsement of A[lexander] C. Christopher, Major, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 130]

January 3, 1862
C.L. Boalt, et. al., Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter signed by six residents of Norwalk; and stating that Elijah T. Rust, now of Company D, 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, formerly lived in Norwalk, that at the time of his enlistment in the Spring of 1861, Rust had been absent from Norwalk some four years, his business being that of a machinist and locomotive engineer, that they had great confidence in recommending Rust as well qualified for the office of 2nd Lieutenant in his company, and that they believed Rust would do credit to himself and the service.
2 pp. [Series 147-29: 139]