February 26, 1862
J[ames] R. Hubbell, House of Representatives, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that J.G. Evans, the author of the attached letter, was a graduate of college and about 26 years of age, that Evans was of manly form with pleasing and obliging manners, that Evans was a young man of great worth and promise, that Evans was a son of a Presbyterian minister of Delaware County, that of all the young men who had gone into the military service from Delaware County, he knew of no one more deserving of promotion than Evans, that he would deem it a great personal favor if Evans could be appointed to a Lieutenancy, and that Evans was now 2nd Sergeant in Company I, 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-31: 192]
February 27, 1862
W.J. Flagg, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter enclosing a copy of a letter dated February 8, 1862, from Brigadier General F[ranz] Sigel, recommending Lieutenant Colonel [William B.] Cassilly as a valuable and efficient officer who had gained his full confidence and who deserved the kind and favorable consideration of all authorities empowered to make appointments; and adding that Cassilly ought not to be out of service, that Cassilly was fit for a General, and that he placed Cassilly above any Colonel from Ohio (except two) not a regular officer, and above most of even them.
1 p. [Series 147-31: 156]
February 28, 1862
William Stoms, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Major McDowell. Letter stating that he had the power of attorney to collect for Private John Kirk what was owed him for doing guard duty on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad in Company B under Captain King, and that Kirk was in western Virginia; asking how he should proceed; and stating that while doing his guard duty, Kirk was in the Ohio Militia of the Reserve, and that Kirk's name would be found on the pay roll.
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March 3, 1862
A. Winchester, et. al., London, Madison County, Ohio. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter signed by ninety citizens of London, Madison County, Ohio; submitting their wishes relative to the Governor's generous recommendation to the Legislature to pass an act which would empower him to appoint proper persons to attend the sick and wounded of the grand division of the Ohio volunteers; recommending the appointment of William Smith; and stating that Smith was eminently qualified to perform the sad and arduous duties this kind of mission would impose on him, and that they desired the appointment more particularly on behalf of the thousand brave volunteers from Madison County, 33% of whom were now sick or wounded and deserved Smith's special care.
2 pp. [Series 147-31: 34]
March 6, 1862
Samuel C. Wheeler, Company E, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Paw Paw Tunnel, Virginia. To Governor David Tod. Letter requesting a promotion; and referring to recommendations on file.
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March 7, 1862
William M. Stark, et. al., Military Committee for Greene County, Xenia, Greene County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter introducing Reverend R.D. Harper, Pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church of Xenia for seventeen years; and stating that Harper was undoubtedly the choice of the officers and men of the 74th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for Chaplain before leaving Camp Lowe for Camp Chase, that Harper was eminently qualified for the position and held in the highest esteem by the soldiers, and that Tod's friends in Xenia and Greene County would regard it as a great personal favor if he could give Harper any aid or attention.
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March 11, 1862
N[icholas] L. Anderson, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Andrew Jackson. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the names which he, with the approval of Colonel [William K.] Bosley (detailed), had twice recommended seemed to receive no attention at Buckingham's hands although they were the names of those who came in order of promotion and were capable through experience, intelligence, and industry, that he strongly protested against the appointment of Sergeant Choate and promotion of Lieutenant West and was withholding the information of their appointment until hearing further from Buckingham, that if promotions were to be made by any other method than by capability and fitness, what motive was there for attention to duties, that he had been in command of the regiment for many months and had noticed the men for the purpose of selecting officers, that when Parker and Boylan resigned, he had good and eminently worthy men to take their places supposing it to be his right and sole prerogative so to do, and that two others were forced upon him and favoritism supplanted merit; including his recommendations for promotion to the vacant 2nd Lieutenancies, for the vacant 1st Lieutenancies, and for the vacant Captaincy; and stating that those recommended were in the line of promotion and meritorious, and that having but 12 line officers on duty to nearly 800 men, he requested that the appointments recommended might find favor. Bears the endorsement of A[lexander] C. Christopher, Major, and C[harles] H. Heron, Adjutant, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Also bears a note from Anderson stating that the only objection he had to Sergeant Choate was that he was not in the line of promotion, that Choate was a brave, competent man, but there were others ranking him of equal merit, and that Choate deserved much for his services in Virginia.
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March 12, 1862
George W. Morgan, Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter recommending the promotion of Captain Henry Banning of the 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that he believed a more worthy promotion could not be made.
1 p. [Series 147-31: 195]
March 13, 1862
B.L. Hill, Berlin Heights, Erie County, Ohio. To the Honorable J.W. Pierce. Letter requesting Pierce's aid in securing a Lieutenancy for his nephew, Henry E. Hill, Sergeant, Company E, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that hundreds now held commissions who got them at the start without any military or moral merit, or half, or one tenth the knowledge or experience his nephew had, and that he believed Governor David Tod, unlike some other Governors, appreciated merit and intended to reward it in his appointments.
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March 13, 1862
L[ouis] Von Blessingh, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Clifton, western Virginia. To the Provost Marshal or Chief of Police, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. Letter stating that Sergeant John Otter, Company A, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was, on January 2, 1862, permitted to go from Camp Clifton, Kanawha, western Virginia to Cleveland, Ohio on a furlough of twenty days, that Otter had not yet returned to his regiment, that when they last heard from Otter some four weeks ago, he was in Cincinnati and said to be living there with a woman, that the Provost Marshal or Chief of Police was therefore requested to arrest Otter as a deserter and send him to Camp Clifton on the Kanawha River, western Virginia or to Lieutenant Frederick Krumm, recruiting officer, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Columbus, that on leaving Camp Clifton, Otter took one Enfield rifle and bayonet, one cartridge box, one cap box, one belt, one shoulder strap and eagle, one scabbard, thirty cartridges, one knapsack, one canteen, and one haversack, that the Provost Marshal or Chief of Police was to take said U.S. property wherever he could find it and deliver it over with the prisoner, that Otter was 34 years old and 5'51/2" tall, with gray eyes, dark blond hair, and sound complexion, that Otter was a saddler by profession and had been born in Germany, that when he left Camp Clifton, Otter was clothed in the uniform of the Ohio volunteers with dark blue blouse and pantaloons, a light blue great coat, and a blue cap, and that he understood that Otter's place of abode was on Front Street at the Wilhelm Tell House kept by one Zimmermann. Bears a note dated March 21, 1862, from A.C. Sands, U.S. Marshal, U.S. Marshal's Office, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, to Earl Bill, U.S. Marshal, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; stating that he had made diligent search for the within named John Otter and found that he was now in Cleveland; and requesting that the letter be handed to some officer who was fully authorized to make such arrests. Also bears a note dated April 2, 1862, from Earl Bill, U.S. Marshal, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to A.C. Sands, U.S. Marshal; stating that he had made search and inquiry for Otter, that the City Marshal informed him that Otter had been in Cleveland, but had left the city, that thinking Otter might return, he had not before now returned the document, and that he was now satisfied that he was not likely to find Otter.
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March 13, 1862
Ike (Isaac) N. Walter, Camp Gauley Mount, [Virginia]. To "Mon Cher Ami". Letter stating that the addressee's letter was received on Tuesday last, that notwithstanding the addressee's statement, the Colonel [Frederick Poschner] still said that there was no 2nd Lieutenancy vacant in the regiment [47th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry], that Captain [Samuel L.] Hunter and his men were very anxious to have him in Company A, that he did not want to stay with the regiment unless he was assigned to a company, that he could not draw any pay unless his name appeared on the pay rolls of some company, that he wanted the addressee to have a talk with [Adjutant] General [C.P.] B[uckingham] about the matter and see what could be done, and that if he could be transferred to another regiment, he would much prefer it.
2 pp. [Series 147-31: 16]
March 15, 1862
George W. Morgan, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter enclosing Captain [Henry] Banning's papers; and strongly recommending Banning for promotion.
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March 21, 1862
C.P. Buckingham, Adjutant General, Headquarters, Ohio Militia, Adjutant General's Office, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Brigadier General L[orenzo] Thomas, Adjutant General U.S.A. Letter stating that Captain A.J. Beach of the 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had been induced to resign in order to arrange, amicably, an unfortunate complication in the regiment which arose without any fault on Beach's part, that Beach desired to have his disability removed in order to receive another appointment in the army, and that he took pleasure in recommending that Beach's request be granted. Bears a note dated April 7, 1862, from George D. Ruggles, Assistant Adjutant General, Adjutant General's Office, [Washington]; returning the letter to the Adjutant General of Ohio; and stating that the request was granted.
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March 23, 1862
T[homas] H. Ford, Colonel, 32nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Beverly, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter asking Buckingham to do what he could to furnish transportation to Captain George M. Baxter, 32nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for twelve recruits; and stating that Baxter needed the men very much, and that any favors Buckingham might extend to Baxter in this matter would be appreciated.
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March 26, 1862
N[ewton] Schleich, Camp Medill. To Dear Cox. Letter stating that he begged leave to trouble Cox again with the affairs of the "unfortunate" 61st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that when the Secretary of War transferred six companies from them, it was distinctly promised by the Adjutant General of Ohio that they should have credit for them and that when they had recruited enough to make a regiment, they should have men in lieu of those transferred and be sent to the field, that with these assurances, they went to work, and that, although the break up operated against their success, they soon had several companies in a state of forwardness; reporting on the fate of three of these companies; stating that he thought injustice was done him, that he had been on duty since October 1, 1861, enlisting and drilling men, that if left alone, he would have been full long ago, that he was not mustered into the service and could not be without a special order from the War Department until he had ten organized companies, that the result was that the Government got the benefits of his services in raising and drilling men and he saw no service where every man of spirit wanted to serve, that he had spent his money and gotten no pay, that this was a sorry picture, but exactly the truth, that relying on getting his regiment full, he gave all his labor to the work, that he had been constantly engaged for six months and spent over $600 of his own money, and that at present, he had no prospect of getting one cent of pay or of ever seeing service in the field unless the Secretary of War interposed; requesting that Cox lay the facts before the Secretary of War and ask him to order his muster in; and stating that he should be mustered as of October 1, 1861, that he was ready for service in the field in any capacity which might please his superiors, that he was willing, if not disturbed, to fill up the 61st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he now had three companies in camp with one nearly full to come in, that Colonel [C.H.] Sargent of the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, whose men were also transferred, had some 300 or 400 men, that these men might be consolidated with his and the balance soon recruited, that he did not think Ohio could raise enough men to fill both regiments at an early day, that Cox would greatly oblige him by laying the facts before the Secretary of War, that he did not desire to be unreasonable or to ask anything for himself but what was strictly proper, that joined to the duty imposed upon every good citizen to serve his country was a strong desire to win personal distinction, that the crosses he met had much discouraged him, and that if he currently had the money spent out of his own pocket (which he could not spare), he would quit in despair.
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March 27, 1862
L.M. Dayton, Division Headquarters, near Pittsburgh, Tennessee [Shiloh]. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he had reported to General [William T.] Sherman for duty at Pittsburgh, Tennessee, that Sherman had sent Tod the necessary information, and that Sherman had requested a commission for him; asking that Tod send his commission to Mrs. General Sherman, Lancaster, Ohio, who would, as a safeguard against loss by mail, hold it for him; and requesting that he be notified as to the date and assignment of the commission.
1 p. [Series 147-31: 101]
March 27, 1862
J.C. Kelton, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Department of the Mississippi, St. Louis, Missouri. Special Orders No. 46; stating that the resignation of 1st Lieutenant Newton Hempsted, 76th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was accepted to take effect on March 28, 1862. By order of Major General [Henry] Halleck.
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March 28, 1862
L.M. Dayton, Headquarters Division, near Pittsburgh, Tennessee. To the Honorable A. McVeigh. Letter requesting McVeigh's assistance in having a commission made up; and stating that he found several Fairfield men there, and all were well and seemed to enjoy the business, that the weather was fine, but the country poor, that it was no fault of the land or climate, but a little energy was wanting, that he judged a good, big fight was ahead of them and within a few days, that they were in a location where the enemy must stand if ever, and that it was fine to talk of the Union sentiment and feeling of the local people and it might all be true, but he had not a single bit of confidence in the "butter-nut dressed gentry" they found in the area.
2 pp. [Series 147-31: 48]
March 29, 1862
C[harles] E. Fulton, Captain, Company A, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Winchester, Virginia. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter requesting that transportation be furnished to the bearer, Merrill Humes, Private, Company A, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to Martinsburg, Virginia; and stating that Humes was seriously ill of typhoid fever when the regiment left Urbana and had since been unable to join them, and that Humes was now restored to health and they wished him to rejoin the regiment. Bears the approval of Charles Candy, Colonel, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
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March 29, 1862
O[liver] D. Greene, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, District of the Ohio, Nashville, Tennessee. To Lieutenant Robert E. Patterson, 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Extract from General Orders No. 2; stating that the resignation of Lieutenant Robert E. Patterson, 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had been accepted, and that he was honorably discharged from the service of the United States on March 29, 1862. Bears a note from S.B. Moe, Adjutant, and James B. Steedman, Colonel, 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; stating that the extract was delivered to Lieutenant Robert E. Patterson at Camp Shiloh on April 17, 1862.
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March 30, 1862
Lyman J. Jackson, Major, 11th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Point Pleasant, western Virginia. To the Honorable Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War. Letter concerning recruiting for the 11th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and filling up the regiment; and stating that the regiment now had nine companies and an aggregate number of 765 men. Written per request of A.H. Coleman, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding. Bears a note dated April 8, 1862, from George D. Ruggles, Assistant Adjutant General, Adjutant General's Office, Washington; referring the letter to the Governor of Ohio.
4 pp. [Series 147-31: 117]
March 31, 1862
Louis C. Frintz, Lieutenant, Company E, 28th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the Adjutant General at Washington had no official record in his office of what services he performed or that he was an officer in the 9th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), that he was Captain of Company E in that regiment from the date of muster on April 22, 1861, until May 28, 1861, that he was then mustered in for three years and did service until June 10, 1861, when he surrendered his commission for said service at the suggestion of Colonel R[obert] L. McCook, who assured him that he would have a furlough for the expiration of his three months' commission ending July 23, 1861, that he never received said furlough on account of the regiment moving off to western Virginia almost immediately thereafter, and that he had recently received the enclosed from McCook certifying to his identity; and requesting that Buckingham place him right at the Adjutant General's office in Washington as to services performed by him while a commissioned officer in the 9th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), and that the enclosed certificate be returned.
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March 31, 1862
Henry Thrall, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Mountain Department, Wheeling, Virginia. True copy of Special Orders No. 14; stating that 2nd Lieutenant E.E. Retter, 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Judy, and 2nd Lieutenant Leonard Langston, 44th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had tendered their resignations, that the same were accepted, and that they were honorably discharged from the service. By command of Major General [John C.] Fremont. True copy made by G.M. Bascom, Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, District of Kanawha, Charleston, Virginia on April 4, 1862.
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March 31, 1862
J.M. Wright, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Army of the Ohio, Camp near Columbia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Extract from Special Orders No. 15; stating that the resignation of Chaplain [Thomas H.] Oakley, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery was accepted to take effect on March 31, 1862. By command of Major General [Don Carlos] Buell.
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April 1, 1862
J.C. Kelton, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Department of the Mississippi, St. Louis, Missouri. To Colonel [William O.] Collins, Commanding 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Benton Barracks. Copy of letter stating that the Quartermaster would furnish Collins with water transportation from St. Louis to Nebraska City, at which place Collins would receive transportation for Fort Laramie to join the command of Colonel E.B. Alexander, 10th U.S. Infantry, whose headquarters were at Fort Laramie, that a battery of artillery under Colonel Leavenworth would accompany Collins as far as the south fork of the Platte River, that Leavenworth was thoroughly acquainted with travelling on the Plains and would afford Collins much information with respect to routes, watering places, and the foraging of his animals, that it was represented that after leaving the settlements, Collins would find old grass at different points which might be reached daily by a proper arrangement of marches, that this, together with the corn which would be taken in Collins' train, would enable him to get the animals through with safety, that it would require great care and discretion in the use of the corn and in the arrangement of Collins' marches so as to find grass, and that the Quartermaster's Department would furnish Collins with guides and Wagon Masters who were familiar with the country to be passed over.
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April 1, 1862
J.M. Wright, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Army of the Ohio, Camp near Columbia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Extract from Special Orders No. 16; stating that the resignation of 2nd Lieutenant W.H. Eagle, Company G, 17th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was accepted to take effect on April 1, 1862. By command of Major General [Don Carlos] Buell.
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April 2, 1862
George D. Burgess, Troy, Miami County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he was somewhat acquainted with A[ndrew] C. Kemper, Assistant Adjutant General, late of General [Melancthon S.] Wade's staff at Camp Dennison, and that from his own observation and the concurrent testimony of the officers and men quartered there during the past six months, he was of the opinion that to Kemper was due a large share of credit for the admirable order and correct discipline which had characterized Camp Dennison; and recommending Kemper as a proper officer to take command of Camp Dennison.
2 pp. [Series 147-31: 167]
April 2, 1862
William S. Pierson, Major, Hoffman's Battalion, Headquarters, Depot, Prisoners of War, near Sandusky, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the blanks came duly to hand; and requesting the field and staff muster rolls and pay rolls, and the company pay rolls as soon as Buckingham had them.
1 p. [Series 147-31: 139]
April 2, 1862
E. P[arker] Scammon, Colonel, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Commanding Brigade, Headquarters, 3rd Provisional Brigade, Fayetteville, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had long since intended to write Buckingham in reference to the Major of the 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he was aware that Major [James M.] Comly gave up the Lieutenant Colonelcy of a regiment in order to be actively employed, although with the inferior rank of Major, that Comly had always been efficient and up to the mark, that Comly was given a detached command where he had the chances of showing his merits and had, most nobly, improved them, that he felt, in the fear of glorifying himself through the deeds of his command, he had hardly done justice to Comly's efficiency, that if there was a vacant Colonelcy, he begged that Comly's claims might be favorably considered even though Comly's promotion would be a disaster for him, and that he was sure Buckingham had sufficient confidence in him or his alma mater to believe that Comly had not been consulted in the matter.
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April 2, 1862
H.C. Whitman, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that there were numerous recommendations for the promotion of E.S. Throop of Cincinnati on file in Tod's office, that Throop was now a Private in Company A, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Throop had served as such throughout the whole three months' campaign in western Virginia, that Throop was a splendid man and had earned a promotion over and over again, that at the beginning of the war, had Throop waited and declined to go into service until he was made an officer, as many less deserving did, he would have had a full chance to show what he could do and undoubtedly be in a high position, that unselfish and wholly patriotic, Throop only heard the call of duty and patriotism and at once rushed to service as a volunteer Private, that Throop had a right to expect that promotion would follow gallant and faithful services in the field, that in Throop's case it had not, that as to the rule of promoting from the company to vacancies in it, he could say that such had not been the case in the 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that no attention had been paid at all to any such rule or even to seniority, that there was now a vacant Lieutenancy in the 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and that Throop had been recommended for promotion heretofore by officers of the 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and asking Tod to read over the papers in Throop's favor.
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