May 29, 1862
Franklin Sawyer, Lieutenant Colonel, 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Rectortown, Virginia. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that Colonel S.S. Carroll of the 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had been nominated for Brigadier General and expected an early confirmation by the Senate, that should a vacancy in the Colonelcy of the regiment thus occur, he would ask to be promoted to said position, that he would enclose a letter from General [Nathan] Kimball in whose brigade he had served since March and, if necessary, letters from other officers who had served with him, and that he might also refer to ex-Governor [William] Dennison and Judge Welker.
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May 30, 1862
John W. Baker, Washington, D.C. To Elias Weaver, Columbus. Letter regarding a commission for Weaver.
2 pp. [Series 147-40: 39]
June 2, 1862
S.P. Barnaby, Neptune, Mercer County, Ohio. To Adjutant General Charles W. Hill. Letter regarding getting up a company locally; and stating that there were thirty men who said they would go if he wrote and got a commission, and that he believed he could get a company ready in six weeks for three months' service.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 12]
June 3, 1862
T[homas] Worthington, Colonel, 46th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, before Corinth, [Mississippi]. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that Lieutenant Colonel [Charles C.] Walcutt had just given him a copy of Tod's dispatch of May 24 with regard to Prentiss, and that Captain [Alonzo G.] Sharp and Walcutt advised against his promotion. Together with a letter dated June 25, 1862, Lafayette, Tennessee, from Worthington to Tod; stating that if he had the power, he would treat absentees as deserters and act accordingly, and that not half the men of the Ohio regiments were in the field.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 160]
June 5, 1862
J.H. Miller, at the Depot, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter recommending James B. Thompson for an appointment to raise a company.
2 pp. [Series 147-40: 12]
June 6, 1862
C.B. Keyes, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he would call at Columbus the following week and see Tod.
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June 6, 1862
W.H. Kilmer, Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio. To Adjutant General [Charles W.] Hill. Letter stating that he had been at home due to sickness for several weeks and was now on the mend, and that Captain McCutcheon of the 61st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (whose company he belonged to) wanted him as soon as able to raise more men; and requesting an enlistment roll.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 46]
June 9, 1862
S.S. Davis, Banking House of S.S. Davis & Co., No. 61, West Third Street, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that the bearer, Isaac W. Ayres, was getting up a company for the three years' service and was an enterprising Union man, that Ayres was the man who tore up the rails and prevented General [Simon B.] Buckner from taking Louisville on September 17, 1861, and that anything Tod could do for Ayres in the way of a Captain's commission, etc., would be gratifying to the Union men in Cincinnati. Bears a P.S. stating that E.G. Drake accompanied Ayres and had ably assisted him in getting up the company, and that he believed Drake was entitled to the 1st Lieutenancy. Also bears a note from Joshua H. Bates, Brigadier General, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division; stating that he united with Davis in the recommendation, that Ayres and Drake were now engaged enlisting their company under authority issued by him, and that they had about thirty men enrolled. Also bears the endorsement of B. Storer.
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June 9, 1862
M. Greenwood, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that S.W. Ayres was the bearer, that Ayres' prompt and ready action in tearing up a portion of the track of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad last October prevented the capture of Louisville by [Simon B.] Buckner's army, that said act necessitated Ayres' removal of himself and family to a northern state, that Ayres had been for some months living in Cincinnati and working at his trade, that the last call for troops determined Ayres to remain no longer inactive, that he believed Ayres had raised a company of men and now visited Columbus to secure from Tod a commission as their Captain, that so far as he knew Ayres, he believed him to be a straightforward, active, and earnest man, and that he took pleasure in recommending Ayres as such to Tod's favorable consideration.
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June 9, 1862
William H.P. Haulenbeek, 1st Sergeant, Dennison Guards, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter stating that he enlisted as a Private soldier in Captain [Edward V.] Brookfield's company knowing full well that if his superior officers were military men, he could not fail to soon advance to a respectable position, that he found to his surprise that in accordance with his social position and military capacity, he should have occupied the station of Colonel instead of Private soldier, that he was a non-resident of Ohio and was not prepared to find so much incompetence, that until he came to camp, he was a stranger to Brookfield and the company, that Brookfield soon appointed him Orderly Sergeant, which office he now held, that Brookfield wished to remove him to the ranks because he performed his duty in a manner to elicit general commendation, that he was offered insult upon insult and was told he could have no redress, that he was placed under arrest and ordered to the guard house because he maintained his rights as a non-commissioned officer and soldier, that it was not necessary for him to state particulars, that his case was known to the whole camp and there was not one in a hundred who would condemn him, that since his appointment, he had full charge of the company, that the Captain and Lieutenants scarcely knew their own men, that he had always obeyed military orders, that he had taken a deep interest in the welfare of the company and had performed the duties of three men, that the fine appearance of their barracks on July 4, the good behavior of the men until last Saturday, and the favor in which he was held by officers of other organizations locally were evidences of his conduct, that under these circumstances, he asked for an appointment or commission that would relieve him from his present embarrassment, that his heart and soul were in the good cause and he could recruit a regiment of men within sixty days, that he could drill and maneuver them, and that he hoped the Adjutant General would examine his case impartially.
3 pp. [Series 147-40: 199]
June 11, 1862
B.B. Leonard, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Note acknowledging receipt from the State of Ohio, by Adjutant General H.B. Carrington, of one copy of Hardee's Tactics and one copy of Army Regulations (1861); and stating that he agreed to hold the same subject to the order of that office.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 46]
June 12, 1862
Martha S. Constable, Athens, Athens County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter regarding the capture of her husband, R.A. Constable, Lieutenant Colonel of the 75th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, who was now a prisoner of war at Salisbury, North Carolina; and asking Tod's influence in procuring her husband's exchange as soon as possible and more particularly on account of his health at the time of capture.
2 pp. [Series 147-40: 30]
June 12, 1862
John J. Strader, et. al., Company H, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Corinth, Mississippi. To Governor David Tod. Letter signed by forty-one members of Company H, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; requesting that Lieutenant Edward Ewing, late 2nd Lieutenant of said company who was mustered out of the U.S. service by order of General [Henry] Halleck at Corinth on May 10, 1862, be again commissioned and reinstated in his former position. Bears a note from J[ohn] H. Putnam, Captain, certifying that the names attached were members of Company H, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and that they composed two-thirds of all the members present. Also bears a letter dated June 14, , from Putnam to "Friend Ed"; stating that he had done as requested, that the petition was signed by all the company except 12, that Captain [Samuel R.] Mott would get up a petition from company commanders and send it, that they would probably remain at Corinth for some time, that Mrs. Dillie of Newark, Secretary of the Soldiers Aid Society, had a box of clothing for their company which the addressee had better bring with him, and that the weather was extremely hot, being about 100 in the shade.
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June 13, 1862
Jno. N. Champion, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he had asked for an appointment of Adjutant or Quartermaster in one of the three months' regiments, knowing that all the other Lieutenants were elected, that all the gentlemen who signed his application had known him for years and could testify as to his character as a man and some of them could testify as to his military capabilities, that he was an active member of Captain Joseph H. Riley's company in Columbus for six years and had seen nearly thirty of that small company receive commissions for the war, that the company went to Washington, but he was forced to remain at home on account of the confinement of a young wife and also being left in charge of a large business (involving many thousands of dollars) by an older brother who went to Virginia on General Hill's staff, that it galled him very much to remain at home, but so it had to be, that since last Fall, having gone in business for himself, he had been endeavoring to obtain a commission, that he knew that true patriotism would lead him to shoulder a musket, but it would not have supported an old mother and his own family when now he was earning $1200 per year, that at the last call, he went to work raising men, that while absent from Columbus recruiting, by a base manoeuvre, he was thrown out of the position of 1st Lieutenant which he was to have had, and that he also found that his company had been assigned to guard duty and he would not then enlist as a Private for said duty; asking Tod if he would have done so, even if he did wish to serve the country; and stating that he wanted to explain why he had not seen any service, that he had been most unhappy in staying at home during the splendid uprising of a mighty people and because he could not do his part, that his heart (perhaps his self-conceit) told him that he could do better than enlist as a Private, that if Tod could give him what he asked, he would never disgrace himself or the position, and that he did not ask it as a means of livelihood or to better his condition, but so he might feel he had done some little to aid in restoring the old Union.
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June 13, 1862
J.C. Kelton, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Department of the Mississippi, Corinth, Mississippi. To the Governor of Ohio. Special Field Orders No. 104; stating that the resignation of Captain G.W. Pepper, 80th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was accepted to take effect on June 13, 1862.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 155]
June 14, 1862
H.L. Clinton, Maineville, Warren County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he saw by the papers that Tod wanted the names of paroled soldiers, that his son, John Clinton, was taken prisoner by [John H.] Morgan on May 1, paroled on May 2, and had a discharge sent to him by the leader of the band, that the discharge had not been signed by the superior officers, that his son was wounded in the right hand so that it would disable him for life in that hand, that the lower part of the hand and the little finger and one next to it were helpless, that the bone of the hand was very much shattered, and that his son was a member of the regimental band, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
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June 14, 1862
S[amuel] R. Mott, Captain and Acting Lieutenant Colonel, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Corinth, Mississippi. To Lieutenant Edward J. Ewing. Letter enclosing a statement of Ewing's qualifications signed by all the officers of companies now in camp; and stating that he had gotten Captain [J.H.] Putnam to send a petition from all his company who were present, and that he hoped Ewing met with success.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 43]
June 14, 1862
S[amuel] R. Mott, Captain, Company C, and Acting Lieutenant Colonel, et. al., 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. To ? Letter signed by nineteen officers of the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; stating that they had been intimately associated with Lieutenant Edward J. Ewing for eight months while in active service, and that they took pleasure in bearing testimony to his good qualities as an officer and soldier; and requesting that Ewing be reinstated in said regiment.
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June 15, 1862
Seth A. Abbey, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Spring River Camp, 60 Miles South of Fort Scott, Kansas, Indian Territory. To Friend Bliss. Letter stating that he was not writing for himself, but to have justice done in their regiment, that there would soon be a vacancy in their regiment by the resignation or promotion of Acting Brigadier General [Charles] Doubleday, that Doubleday had gone to Washington and would there be permanently appointed or he would resign, that Doubleday had been hampered and humbugged long enough by those "damned" political Kansas Generals, that Doubleday was the man for their regiment, that they were all satisfied with Doubleday, that they all liked Doubleday, that they regretted very much to part with Doubleday, but under the circumstances and the manner in which he had been treated, they thought he had acted right in the steps taken, that Doubleday was appointed to the command of the expedition against the enemy down in Indian Territory, that they had gotten 60 miles when a courier arrived from a Kansas Colonel who had been transferred to their Brigade and whose commission was anterior to Doubleday's, directing Doubleday to hold on until he arrived and gave further orders, that Doubleday had gotten pretty well posted in regard to the enemy by that time and felt very much mortified to be tied up there, so much so that he came to the determination to take a thousand men and make a dash at the enemy who were only 35 or 40 miles below there and were said to be from 1500 to 2000 strong, that Doubleday made a forced march and came up to the enemy's camp in the timber in the night, but did not know their precise location, that with Captain Rabb's battery, a few shells thrown into the woods made the enemy scatter like frightened sheep, that they took all of the enemy's camp equipage, etc., and about 850 head of cattle and about 400 horses, mules, etc., that the enemy had been all Spring collecting this stock, stealing it from the Union farmers, that it was swept from the enemy like the dew before the morning sun and must be a heavy blow to them, that they took only 30 or 40 prisoners and them mostly Indians, who, after receiving a proper talking to by Doubleday through an interpreter, were permitted to return to their friends, that he thought Doubleday's course was a wise one as it would have a tendency to disburse the Indians' minds of many things that had been inculcated by the secesh whites, that the cattle that would answer for beef were turned over to the contractors and the balance driven to Fort Scott and turned over to the Post Quartermaster, that many of the horses were turned over to the companies to supply the places of those used up in the service, that there would soon be a vacancy, that Lieutenant Colonel [Robert W.] Ratliff would doubtless be made Colonel, that the question involved who was to be made Lieutenant Colonel, that the position belonged to Major [George G.] Miner by rank and merit, that there seemed to be a determination by a few to jump Miner and put in Major [Henry L.] Burnett through certain influences that would be brought to bear upon Governor [David] Tod by Burnett's father-in-law, that such an operation would be very unjust and cruel as regarded Miner, that Miner was a competent and good officer and a working man as regarded the duties and interests of the regiment, that he had nothing to say against Burnett's qualifications as an officer, but he had something to say with regard to the rights of Miner and where the qualifications of each candidate were equal, that neither Miner or Burnett were his or Bliss' political friends, but they should do justice even among their political opponents, that he thought Bliss was the only man of his acquaintance at Columbus who could operate in the right shape upon Tod, that he knew Bliss would like to see justice done to all men, that in this instance, he thought Bliss would use his influence in the right line, and that thus far, he had enjoyed good health, never having lost an hour from duty; and asking Bliss to give his respects to all the Cleveland boys at Columbus.
4 pp. [Series 147-40: 70]
June 15, 1862
George G. Miner, Major, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Headquarters, Camp Spring River, Indian Nation. To Colonel S. Bliss. Letter stating that he had learned that in the event of the resignation or promotion of Colonel [Charles] Doubleday, he would be "jumped", or an officer of inferior rank promoted over him to be Lieutenant Colonel; asking if this could be possible, and if Governor David Tod would forget his order issued some months since that promotion should take its proper course unless grave reasons could be given for omitting the rule; stating that the person selected to promote over him was Major [Henry L.] Burnett who was recently promoted from a Captaincy, that Burnett was son-in-law to Hoffman, private secretary to the Governor, and that Burnett's influence might be sufficient to do him this great wrong; asking if the Governor could not be induced to inquire a little before making a commission; and stating that perhaps Bliss could learn something about the matter.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 64]
June 15, 1862
John Whalon, Company C, 24th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Iuka, Mississippi. To J. Tod. Letter asking Tod to use influence with his father to procure him a commission; and stating that there were several vacancies in the regiment for 1st Lieutenant and 2nd Lieutenant, that he had gone into Company C from Youngstown, that all the boys from Mahoning County, numbering fifteen, wished him to write and get a commission in the company, that there had been no promotion from their company, and that since they had been in service, their Captain had not recommended anyone as he was aspiring himself for higher office and was not now capable of commanding a company.
2 pp. [Series 147-40: 146]
June 16, 1862
James Rowe, Major General Commanding, 5th Division, Ohio Volunteer Militia, Headquarters, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he saw by the Cincinnati Daily Commercial of June 14 that D[aniel] McCook had been appointed to the command of the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry now organizing at Camp Dennison, that the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was the regiment which Tod promised him and he had begun to arrange his business so as to devote a part of his time to it, that he considered McCook so much better than himself that he submitted to be superseded by him without a murmur, that he did ask to have his claims considered in the organization of another one of the new three years' regiments, that he was aware of the demands made on Tod for places at that time, that he had no doubt but that every applicant represented himself as being fully competent to discharge every duty pertaining to the office asked for, that he did not wish Tod to understand that he made any such pretensions, that given his age and some military experience, added to a little knowledge of human nature, he believed he understood something about what a soldier's duties were, how the soldier should be taken care of, and the degree of subordination to which the soldier should, in a reasonable time, be induced to yield for the good of the service, that much prudence and judgement should be exercised in bringing about and enforcing such a state of discipline as was necessary for the good order of an army when it was made up entirely of raw recruits composed of men from the highest to the lowest grade of society all thrown together, that he could speak with some confidence of his ability to drill a regiment, that he had considerable experience in that way, that he understood the order in which a brigade or a regiment should be encamped, that he knew how and where camp guards should be posted for the protection of the inside of the camp, that circumstances must dictate to the judgement of an officer in command of a detachment, whether large or small, encamped or marching through an enemy's country, that this applied to the strength of picket guards and the proper points to station those guards, that said guards should be so posted as to prevent any possibility of a surprise, and that there were two positions in which he was ready and willing to serve his country, one of which was at the head of a regiment and the other was with a musket in his hands.
3 pp. [Series 147-40: 55]
June 17, 1862
Moses R. Dickey, Colonel, 15th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Florence, Alabama. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that 1st Lieutenant Scott of Company H, 15th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had resigned, creating a vacancy in that company in regard to which he had heretofore written Tod, that if Tod was unwilling to appoint the person recommended in his last communication from which he had not heard, he would recommend Wallace McGrath of Company K, 15th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that McGrath was prompt, efficient, and intelligent, and would make a good officer, that he also recommended McGrath for his good conduct upon the field of Shiloh, and that he believed by promoting McGrath, Tod would advance the best interests of the service. Bears a note from R.W. Johnson, Brigadier General, Headquarters, 6th Brigade; stating that McGrath had for a long time been in his office as clerk, that McGrath was intelligent and in every way qualified for the position, and that he heartily united with Dickey in recommending and requesting McGrath's appointment.
2 pp. [Series 147-40: 114]
June 17, 1862
Samuel H. Hurst, Captain, Company A, 73rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Mt. Jackson, Valley of Virginia. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that the resignation of Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Hyer, which had been tendered to the General commanding, would create a vacancy in the corps of field officers in the 73rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that as senior Captain of the regiment, he had an immediate right to promotion, that if the voice of their officers or men could decide the matter, he would be satisfied, that he understood, however, that an effort would be made to rob him of the place to which, by every right, he was entitled, and that all he asked was that chicanery and favoritism might be thwarted and justice be done.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 99]
June 18, 1862
J. Koenig, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To "Excellency". Letter stating that he was a duly ordained Catholic priest who lately returned from a visit to his friends on the Continent, that he was sincerely attached to the holy cause of their glorious republic and was very anxious to serve the common interests of his adopted country, that he begged the addressee to grant him a commission as a Chaplain in one of the Ohio volunteer regiments, that he was a German by birth, that he spoke French as well as English fluently, that he was of a strong constitution, used to hardships, known as a good public speaker, and under no ecclesiastical censure, and that should there be no Chaplaincy vacant at present, he would most humbly beg the addressee to "foremark" him for any vacancy that should occur in any of the German or mixed regiments and favor him with a speedy answer.
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June 19, 1862
S.M. Preston, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Department of the Mississippi, St. Louis, Missouri. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter requesting that the Adjutant General furnish a list of the Colonels of regiments and Captains of batteries, etc., belonging to the State of Ohio and which were serving in the Department of the Mississippi.
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June 19, 1862
Eli S. Reames, et. al., Company C, 17th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Corinth, Mississippi. To Colonel [John M.] Connell, 17th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Letter signed by twenty-eight members of Company C, 17th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; recommending the appointment of E.A. Richards of the Quartermaster's Department to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Joel Haines, late Captain of Company C; and stating that the appointment of Richards would give great satisfaction on account of his experience, character, and abilities, and his long connection and service with the 17th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry as he had been with it ever since its organization. Bears a note from Harvey Reames, Company C, stating that he was certain there were twenty-seven more individuals who were fully willing that Richards should be Captain of said company. Also bears the endorsement of Connell.
4 pp. [Series 147-40: 127]
June 20, 1862
William A. Bartholomew, Orderly Sergeant, Company G, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Huntsville, Logan County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he had learned of the resignation of the 1st Lieutenant and 2nd Lieutenant of Company G and begged to be promoted in the regular order if it might please Tod, that for reference, Tod should apply to B. Stanton or Captain [Nicholas] Trapp of said company, and that he was home on furlough and expected to return to the regiment soon.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 177]
June 20, 1862
T.E. Cunningham, Lima, Allen County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter asking if there would not be a great propriety in locating a camp at Lima for recruiting one of the new three years' regiments; and stating that two leading railroads crossed there, making Lima the railroad center of a large extent of territory, that Colonel Lawrence of Logan County expected to command a three years' regiment at the close of his present term, that Lawrence was personally well known and deservedly esteemed throughout that section, having sat on their Common Pleas Bench for several years, that if a regiment was located there, with the understanding that Lawrence was to command it, and if the other field offices were given to that region, he had no doubt that a success would be achieved, that Allen County already had enough men in the field to make up a full regiment, but she now had not a single field officer, and that as he was personally unknown to Tod, he was providing references.
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