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December 23, 1861
M[atthias] H. Bartilson, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 80th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. To ? Letter certifying that an election was held in Lieutenant [David] Skeels' company [Company D] of the 80th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Meigs on December 21, 1861, and that David Skeels was elected Captain, Michael C. West was elected 1st Lieutenant, and John McLaughlin was elected 2nd Lieutenant.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 114]

December 23, 1861
Cullen Bradley, Captain, et. al., Camp Gilbert, Louisville, Kentucky. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter signed by five officers of the 6th Independent Battery, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery; stating that the officers of the 6th Independent Battery, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery, formerly attached to Sherman's Brigade, had not as yet received their commissions, and that they must have their commissions before they could make out their muster and pay rolls; and requesting that the commissions be forwarded without delay.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 52]

December 23, 1861
Christian Britz, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Assistant Adjutant General R[odney] Mason. Letter stating that his commission as 2nd Lieutenant bore the date of October 2, and in the instructions accompanying same, he was required to raise thirty men in 15 days, that on the expiration of that time, he asked Mason for an extension and was given until November 1, that on the expiration of the extension, he found himself minus twenty-two men of the required number and minus both money and credit, that he was compelled to retire to private life and leave undone the many gallant deeds which he had marked out for the future, that on retiring from the service, he forwarded the act of enlistment together with a muster and descriptive roll of the men he had enlisted who were then in Camp Chase, that he enlisted eight men, four of whom were in Camp Chase in the 58th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that three deserted and joined the 19th Regiment, U.S. Infantry at Indianapolis, which he duly reported at the time, that one slipped through his fingers at Massillon and this was also reported, that he did not report after November 1 because his time was up, that Lieutenant Charles Stroedler came to him in the Ohio State Arsenal and claimed that the men in question had been transferred to him by the Adjutant General, that he since learned this was utterly false, that he had not thought that a man who held the position of Lieutenant in the army could stoop so low as to utter such a base falsehood, that he immediately made out his final report and presumed that he was no longer recognized as an officer since his time had expired, and that if he could find his commission, he would return it to Mason.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 53]

December 23, 1861
Lewis D. Campbell, 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Hamilton. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter enclosing an extract from the law regarding the enlistment of minors; stating that he found nothing in Buckingham's instructions touching the right of a minor to withdraw his act of enlistment in four days, that there was nothing in the regulations on the subject, yet the law was explicit, that a case of this kind had been presented to him and he felt authorized to discharge the recruit without submitting to a trial before the court, that the references in the extract might be of service to Buckingham should instructions be issued hereafter to recruiting officers, that the law repealed the clause requiring the written consent of parents and yet the regulations said the consent must be in writing, and that here was a conflict; and asking which was the governing rule, the act of Congress or the regulations. Together with the extract from the law [Series 147-21: 156].
[Series 147-21: 157]

December 23, 1861
Charles Candy, Colonel, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp McArthur, Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the appointment of Daniel Hitt as 2nd Lieutenant in the 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was received and handed to Hitt upon its receipt on December 20, 1861, that on December 21, 1861, Hitt declined accepting, that he therefore ordered an election for 2nd Lieutenant in Captain [William] McAdams' company, and that he was enclosing the result of same.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 43]

December 23, 1861
Charles Candy, Colonel, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp McArthur, near Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter forwarding a list of the 2nd Lieutenants who received conditional appointments on recruiting service for the 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and who had secured themselves places in the various companies as officers; and requesting that they may be continued in service and their commissions issued.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 154]

December 23, 1861
Charles Candy, Colonel, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp McArthur, near Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio. To ? Copy of General Order No. 17, stating that the Regimental Council of Administration, to consist of Lieutenant Colonel James H. Dye, Major Eugene Powell, and Captain Charles E. Fulton, would assemble at the Adjutant's office at 2 P.M. that day for the purpose of electing a Chaplain for the 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Together with proceedings of the council stating that Reverend Wilson R. Parsons, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, aged 40 years, residing in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and a regular ordained minister of the Protestant Methodist Church, was the unanimous recommendation of the Captains of the 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and that the council recommended Parsons for appointment as Chaplain of the regiment. Approved by Charles Candy, Colonel Commanding, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 236]

December 23, 1861
James Cantwell, Colonel Commanding, James S. Robinson, Major, A.S. Ramsey, Adjutant, and W.E. Scofield, Quartermaster, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Simon Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter requesting that Mr. McCutcheon be commissioned as a recruiting officer with headquarters at Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio; stating that McCutcheon rendered valuable services recruiting for Company I, 81st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that McCutcheon had been instrumental in many good men going into the service in the 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Norwalk, and that McCutcheon had delivered eleven recruits for the 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and requesting that McCutcheon's commission be dated October 15.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 28]

December 23, 1861
J[oseph] R. Cockerill, Colonel Commanding, 70th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Hamer, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter reporting on all the 2nd Lieutenants who received conditional appointments on recruiting service in the 70th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, who had secured themselves places in companies as officers; and listing three individuals recruiting for the regiment, who he wished continued in said service.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 128]

December 23, 1861
S.B. Conger, 2nd Lieutenant, 7th Company, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Camp Carlisle. To Assistant Adjutant General R[odney] Mason. Letter stating that he came to Camp Carlisle by the consent of Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham with a reservation that the company should be registered as an Ohio company and the officers should be commissioned by the Governor of Ohio, and that the company should be fed, clothed, armed, and equipped by the Governor of Virginia, that this was accepted by Governor [Francis Harrison] Pierpont and had been carried out in good faith on his part so far as had yet been necessary, and that he trusted Mason would not enforce the order to disband against them at present.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 100]

December 23, 1861
John F. DeCourcey, Colonel, 16th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Clay, Lexington, Kentucky. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter forwarding the morning field report of the regiment; and stating that a mere glance at this report would show the necessity which existed for immediately filling the gaps which so weakened the regiment, and that it would save precious time and useless correspondence if he informed Buckingham that he had no hope of receiving any recruits from the districts in which the 16th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was raised.
3 pp. [Series 147-21: 72]

December 23, 1861
Charles A. DeVilliers, Colonel Commanding Post, 11th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Point Pleasant, Virginia. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending Sergeant Joseph P. Staley as 2nd Lieutenant in Company H, Sergeant Smith Williams as 2nd Lieutenant in Company D, Sergeant David M. Layman as 1st Lieutenant in Company K, and Sergeant William Overbaugh as 2nd Lieutenant in Company C; and stating that he needed commissioned officers very much, that the men recommended were the best drilled and would make the best officers, that these men brought the best recommendations and had done their duty in battles which would not or could not be forgotten, that this was the second time he had applied for the men in question, that those companies at Camp Dennison had not come yet and he needed them very much, that these companies had no arms, that Brigadier General [Jacob D.] Cox said there were plenty of arms at Gauley Bridge, Virginia, that he wished Dennison would have the arms sent on as soon as possible, and that he intended to have one of the best regiments of Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the State.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 152]

December 23, 1861
David Donovan, Late Lieutenant, 43rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio. To Assistant Adjutant General R[odney] Mason. Letter stating that it was his intention, during the course of his recruiting, to join the army himself, that while recruiting, although not successful, he went to considerable expense, that responsible parties locally could certify that he was not negligent, that he worked persistently to his last day, speaking and traveling considerably, that he was commissioned on October 26 and worked up to December 15, that for the latter part of the time, he was willing to work without any compensation, but he felt that he was entitled to some for the first part (at least one month), and that by going into the army as a Private, he could not in proper time meet some pecuniary engagements locally; asking if he could be compensated for the time stated; and stating that if so, there was no good reason why he should not go as a Private and would cheerfully do so.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 181]

December 23, 1861
Jonas Drury, Camp McArthur, Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he was sworn into the United States service as 2nd Lieutenant in the 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry on October 1, that since then, he had devoted his time and money to the regiment, that he was never notified that his commission had been revoked, that he reported himself and his recruits at camp on December 12 and united with Lieutenants McAdams and Hamilton, that he expected to be 2nd Lieutenant of the company, that when he engaged in the cause, he was promised that no man having recruited a less number of men should be appointed over him, and that now he wanted Buckingham, on the part of the Government, to fulfill his part of the contract.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 92]

December 23, 1861
B[eroth] B. Eggleston, Captain, Company E, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Camp Buell, near Louisville, Kentucky. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending John C. O'Hara, 1st Sergeant of Company E, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry as a suitable person to be promoted to 2nd Lieutenant to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of 2nd Lieutenant Erastus R. McNeal of the company and regiment mentioned. Bears the endorsement of T[homas] C.H. Smith, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, stating that he had found O'Hara to be a temperate, faithful, and capable officer.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 46]

December 23, 1861
John R. French, Washington, D.C. To Dear Sir. Letter stating that he heard that vacancies were being filled among the officers of Ohio regiments, occasioned by present officers being in the hands of the enemy, that if this was so, he wanted to remind the addressee of that most worthy young Ohio soldier, Virgil E. Smalley of the 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and that he thought there were several Lieutenant vacancies in Smalley's own regiment.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 71]

[December 23?, 1861]
Captain C[harles] N. Gibbs, et. al. To Governor William Dennison. Letter signed by nineteen Captains and Lieutenants of the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that the good of the service required the "vacation" of one field officer appointment in the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that they believed this was imperative, that the speedy filling up of the regiment required it, and that while they had no desire to speak disparagingly of any officer in the regiment, they could not fail to express their high appreciation of the eminent services of Colonel Lewis D. Campbell and Major Charles L. Gano, whose services should not be overlooked.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 129]

December 23, 1861
W[illiam] H. Gibson, Camp Wood, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that the 49th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry recruited and organized in thirty days, was the first full command to reach Kentucky, and was still in the vanguard, that the supplies promised were promptly furnished and they now wanted for nothing, that it would be their constant ambition to show by their conduct and gallantry that Dennison's favor had been well bestowed, that his commission bore the date of August 17, 1861, that he thought, and was assured by officers of the army, that his commission should have been dated on the day of his appointment by the Secretary of War, that in all respects, he was entitled to the same rights as if originally appointed by Dennison, that his commission should bear the date of July 31, 1861, that this could only effect him in questions of rank, and that there were those from different States who, although appointed after him and although they were not in the field with complete regiments for two months after he was on Muldraugh's Hill, still outranked him; and asking that Dennison give the matter early and serious attention.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 47]

December 23, 1861
James H. Godman, Major, 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Romney, Virginia. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that the noncommissioned officers and Privates of Company G, 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, were exceedingly anxious that 1st Lieutenant Peter Grub should be promoted to the Captaincy of the company to fill the vacancy created by the promotion of Captain J[ames] S. Robinson to the position of Major of the 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Grub had been a good and faithful officer and would make a good Captain, that he did not think any other man could take the place and do as well with the company as Grub, and that he therefore recommended Grub's appointment.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 153]

December 23, 1861
C.S. Hamilton, Marysville, Union County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he understood there was a contest for the Captaincy of Company D, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, between J.D. Smith and Henderson, that he had been informed that Smith was almost unanimously desired by the company and certainly was the equal of Henderson in every valuable soldierly quality, that he was writing at the request of some members and friends of the company, that certainly the choice of the company should be appointed unless they chose badly, that he understood that J.K. Guthrie was recommended for Lieutenant, and that Guthrie was in every way worthy of the appointment.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 223]

December 23, 1861
T[homas] L. Harper, Assistant Surgeon, 54th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that since Buckingham had expressed the opinion that as he had been mustered and sworn into the service of the United States, his appointment could not be revoked except by special orders from the War Department at Washington and that he should return to duty at once, he would accordingly take the first train for Camp Dennison and do all he could for the welfare of the regiment he was attached to and the good of the service.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 70]

December 23, 1861
A[lexander] L. Haskins, Major, 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Goodale House, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter requesting that Dennison and the Adjutant General take under advisement the propriety and expediency of permitting the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to each be filled by recruiting, thereby obviating the painful necessity of consolidation and its "train" of embarrassments; stating that the disparity of numbers in the two regiments would seem to entitle the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to its identity and a majority of the field and staff officers, that on the other hand, the Colonel of a regiment should not be deprived of his rights nor denied the courtesies usually extended him in the selection or indication of those officers, that there was an apparent dissatisfaction on the part of the officers and men of both regiments regarding consolidation, although he did not know that it amounted to a disrespect of the order, that he knew Colonel Craig would not entertain for a moment the idea of disobedience or disrespect of an order from a superior officer, and that the officers of the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry claimed (and he thought quite plausibly) that they could fill their regiment within 15 days; asking if it would not be well to permit them to do so, thereby securing a homogeneous and hence more efficient regiment than at present seemed possible to produce by consolidation; and stating that he would not trouble Dennison with a recital of the embarrassments which had surrounded the 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that these embarrassments all emanated from the recruiting officers and the friends of the 77th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry which was now filled mainly with "subterranean democrats," that the citizens of Marietta were praying for the removal of the 77th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry from their midst, that there was now public sentiment among all classes in favor of Colonel Craig, that he thought the 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry could be filled within a month or six weeks, that the military committee was disappointed and mortified at the present fate of the regiment, that the members of the committee had always been confident that the regiment would be filled under its original organization and had so expressed themselves repeatedly to Colonel Craig and the other officers, that he entered into the matter in good faith and had labored hard and constantly from the time he was appointed, that Colonel Craig would not permit a stump speaking system of recruiting and place himself and subordinate officers on a par with those of the 77th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that for the last six weeks, he had charge of the erection of a fortification on the "Narrows" below Marietta and had not left his post for a day during that time, that in view of the character and cause of the difficulties under which the 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had labored, it was entitled to more than ordinary consideration when its continuance or consolidation was pending, that Colonel Craig felt a pride in having his regiment filled and was mortified at the seeming necessity for its absorption by another, that Colonel Craig was willing and anxious to make an effort for the regiment's resuscitation in which they would be aided by an enthusiastic and substantial military committee and a united public sentiment throughout the region, that with the 77th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and other adjacent regiments away, they would have an open field to work in, that it was proposed to raise a fund to pay each recruit one month's pay in advance, and that in this way, he was confident they could fill the regiment by February 1, 1862.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 22]

December 23, 1861
Jacob Hoffner, Ludlow, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that Uriah Hoffner (a nephew), now in Company G, 39th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and stationed in Missouri, desired a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in Company G, that upon the death of Captain [Charles W.] Pomeroy, Uriah had been raised from Orderly Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant and performed his duties accordingly, that his nephew only got the usual pay of a soldier and not the pay of a Lieutenant or the other allowances of commissioned officers, and that he had assured Uriah that Dennison would do him justice.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 203]

December 23, 1861
V[alentine] B. Horton, Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that D.R. Jacobs of Meigs County was going to see Dennison in regard to consolidating Whalley's company of infantry with Buchtel's company of artillery, and that Jacobs had taken a very active part in recruiting and had exercised a very good influence during the contest thus far; and commending Jacobs to Dennison's favorable consideration.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 82]

December 23, 1861
Charles P. James, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending Lieutenant Colonel T[homas] C.H. Smith of the 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry; stating that Smith was known to be a man of remarkable capacity, that Smith had great brains and with them the most earnest resolution, that Smith had devoted his powers assiduously to mastering the business of his position, that he would rather serve under Smith than under any officer he had known, that Smith was never conceited, but when he had really mastered anything, he had that kind of self possession which was invaluable in a leader, that he knew of incidents which proved that Smith had a peculiar readiness to comprehend sudden emergencies, that he had a great respect for experience, but so much superior was Smith in his general powers to any cavalry officer of the regular service whom he had known, that he believed after six weeks in the field, Smith would be a better leader than they would, that it was character which told in such a position and Smith had enough of that element to set up a whole staff, that in the matter of strength and impressiveness of character, Smith was a very remarkable man, that Smith had, as builder of about twenty-five hundred miles of telegraph lines in the southern states, a capital and successful experience in taking care of a large number of men living all the time in camps, that Smith had the rare fortune to complete and open two of his long lines on the precise day named by him weeks beforehand, that Smith would make an admirable Colonel, that if Dennison could not resolve to trust Smith at once, he would ask that the place be left open and that Smith and his officers be allowed a chance to win promotion in the field, that with Smith, the rest would go up and all would have something to work for, that Smith's devotion to the honor of the State was particularly promising, and that Smith's remarkable purity of habits would give him a ground on which he could exact good habits from his men; and asking that Dennison not put any other man from civil life over Smith.
3 pp. [Series 147-21: 83]

December 23, 1861
R.C. Lemmon, Chairman, W.W. Howe, and George W. Reynolds, Military Committee for Lucas County, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. To ? Letter stating that the committee unanimously recommended Hugh Shields as a suitable person for a Lieutenancy in Company D, 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 66]

December 23, 1861
R.C. Lemmon, Chairman, and W.W. Howe, Secretary, Military Committee for Lucas County, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. To ? Letter stating that the committee unanimously recommended Dennis Hart as a suitable person for Lieutenant in Company E, 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Hart had been very active in aiding Captain E.S. Platt in recruiting said company, and that they regarded Hart in every way worthy of the position mentioned. Bears the endorsement of J.M. Ashley, Richard Mott, M.R. Waite, Charles Kent, and E.P. Bassett.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 218]

December 23, 1861
T[imothy] D. Leslie, 1st Lieutenant, Company F, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that there had been a transfer of Lieutenants made in the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry which was injurious to the efficiency of the 1st Battalion, that 2nd Lieutenant Carter of Company C had been exchanged for 2nd Lieutenant [Abner D.] Strong of Company F, that Company F was raised in Ashtabula County, their officers were elected by the members of said company, and this swap was made without their consultation, that this was a new phase in military etiquette to him, and that as an old officer, he would ask Dennison and the Adjutant General to take the case under advisement.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 34]

December 23, 1861
T[imothy] D. Leslie, 1st Lieutenant, Company F, [2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry], Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter stating that there had been a transfer of Lieutenant Carter from Company C to Company F and Lieutenant [Abner D.] Strong was sent from Company F to Company C, that Company F was raised in Ashtabula County and the officers of said company elected by the members, that it came very hard to have a good and efficient 2nd Lieutenant exchanged for so "poor timber" as they found in Lieutenant Carter, and that there were written charges made out against Carter before the exchange was made; and requesting that Carter's commission be withheld.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 111]

December 23, 1861
T.R. McDanel, Newville, Richland County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that through the persuasion of his political friends, he had consented to address Dennison; requesting a commission at the depot for prisoners on Bay Island [Johnson's Island] near Sandusky; and stating that he based his claim for the commission on the fact that he had never paid tax out of the State, that he had always labored on the "one political side", that he could have had many offices in the army, but the physicians thought his health too delicate to go south and do soldier's duty, that the physicians recommended him for a stationary post such as Bay Island, and that if Dennison had no steward for the island hospital, that would suit him as he could take his Lady who was one of the most experienced nurses in Ohio.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 97]

December 23, 1861
T.O. McGrew, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Friend Carleton. Letter enclosing the muster rolls of the companies of Captain [John W.] Fouts and Captain [Christopher E.] Smith in the 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, all properly signed, and a certificate of Fouts' mustering in by Captain W. Craig.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 4]

December 23, [1861]
S.J. McGroarty, Colonel, 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Beckett, near Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio. To Assistant Adjutant General Rodney Mason. Letter stating that by some oversight, he forgot the commission of E.J. Lukens; and requesting that Mason forward the commission to Lukens at Cincinnati.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 119]

December 23, 1861
S.J. McGroarty, Colonel, 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Beckett, near Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter reporting on the 2nd Lieutenants who had recruited the necessary number of men to secure themselves places in the 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that men were coming in faster now than at any time and he had no doubt they would soon be able to make a good report to headquarters.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 155]

December 23, 1861
I[saac] H. Marrow, Colonel Commanding, 3rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, 17th Brigade, Camp Jefferson, Kentucky. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he recommended Lieutenant John G. Mitchel for Captain, 2nd Lieutenant [Silas] Pruden for 1st Lieutenant, and Sergeant Major C.C. Gibson for 2nd Lieutenant in Company C, that he received commissions for Mitchel and Pruden and one for Sergeant Charles Byron, but none for Gibson, that he was sorry Dennison did not commission Gibson as he deemed Byron wholly unfit for the position, and that he nominated Gibson as the chief of the non-commissioned staff; asking how he was to promote worthy and competent men if he did not first select them out of the Sergeants for Sergeant Major and then, when a vacancy occurred in any one of the companies as 2nd Lieutenant, to recommend him for said place; stating that he was sure Dennison must have overlooked this matter, that Gibson was one of the most active and competent officers in that or any other regiment now in the field and deserving of the place of 2nd Lieutenant, that he had understood that the power of nominating was placed in the commanding officer's hands, and that he most assuredly would have recommended none but a competent one; asking if the power to recommend was taken from him; and stating that he was now placed in rather an unfavorable light before his regiment for all knew that he recommended Gibson and yet another was commissioned, that if Dennison knew the two men, he would doubtless have commissioned Gibson, that he did nothing except for the honor of his State and the good of the cause, that Gibson was one of the bravest and best men he had, and that Gibson was deserving of a commission in some regiment for his good conduct throughout the campaign.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 133]

December 23, 1861
James Marshman, Company B, 43rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Andrews, Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio. To C[olumbus] Delano, Commissary General. Letter stating that Captain Turner was very much enraged concerning his removal, that during the writer's absence in Columbus, Turner circulated a petition to remain Captain of the company until after the organization of the regiment when he promised to resign, that Turner claimed by such means they could hold Company A in the regiment whereas if a change was then made in Captains, they would lose Company A, that their boys were ready to do almost anything for Company A and Turner got a number of them to sign the petition, that he wanted it understood how Turner procured those names, and that Turner got only 4 votes for Captain and was no more popular now than when he ran.
3 pp. [Series 147-21: 167]

December 23, 1861
W[illiam] Mungen, Colonel, 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Vance, Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio. To Assistant Adjutant General R[odney] Mason. Letter providing information regarding the recruiting officers for the 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; requesting that Mason not make any order of consolidation of companies for a few days (say ten) because they were doing everything in their power to fill the companies by recruiting; stating that in regard to the men on the roll of Oliver Mungen (his brother), they were recruited by Patrick Kilkenny, Hiram E. Henderson and his brother together, that it was understood among themselves and agreed upon that Kilkenny, who was seven years in the British service, should be Captain, that Henderson should be 1st Lieutenant, and that his brother should be 2nd Lieutenant, that his brother did not want it otherwise, that he would send in the election roll which was unanimous for said arrangement, and that in a few days they would send in additional rolls, muster rolls with the names which had been recruited since the last were sent; requesting that they be given a few more days to fill up; and stating that he would indicate the manner in which the fractional companies wished to be united, and that if Mason could not allow them the time, he would indicate the wishes of the fractional companies as the detachments now stood.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 148]

[December 23?, 1861]
James Murray, Attorney General's Office, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter stating that he had received about 25 letters from [William] Mungen's regiment [57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry] protesting against the appointment of Hathaway as Lieutenant Colonel, and that it ought to be changed if possible.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 166]

December 23, 1861
M.P. Nolan, Lieutenant Colonel, 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. To Assistant Adjutant General R[odney] Mason. Letter stating that the bearer, Stephen Hays, had recruited his thirty men, which entitled him to the unconditional commission of 2nd Lieutenant of the 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; requesting that Hays be commissioned as such; stating that Hays was an excellent recruiter and a worthy man, and would continue the recruiting locally, that Mr. Daly, another citizen of Dayton, desired a commission as Lieutenant to recruit, that Daly had the necessary papers, with proper endorsements, which he would present, and that Lieutenants Buck and Keifer had twenty and sixteen men respectively; and requesting that Buck and Keifer be given an extension.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 39]

December 23, 1861
Justin Page, Milan, Erie County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter regarding the conditions upon which a band could be mustered into service; stating that there was some misunderstanding about the matter locally; asking if any additional bands could be accepted and if they could be lawfully mustered in; stating that the way the new law was "evaded", the men were on the muster rolls as Privates and enlisted as such, and that there was an understanding they would be taken out as a band with 25 members and that the officers would collect sufficient funds to pay them; asking if a man was liable to service who had been sworn in as a musician and not mustered; and stating that a full explanation of the matter and answers to the questions raised would be appreciated.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 110]

December 23, 1861
William Patton, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had written earlier concerning two men in the 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that these two men were enlisted by [Jonathan D.] Tilton and himself for the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that afterwards, by underhanded means and money, these two men went into the 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he wanted an order from Buckingham to take the two men in question to the camp of the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he had also written for an extension of time and received no answer, and that he was doing better now than ever and hoped Buckingham would favor him.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 63]

December 23, 1861
John H. Poyer, Lieutenant, 72nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp McClellan, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had called on Lieutenant Colonel [George H.] Safford of the 55th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for Privates Henry D. Ewing and Rufus W. Lawrence, that he had enlisted Ewing and Lawrence, and they were sworn into U.S. service by a Notary Public, and that Safford refused to give up Ewing and Lawrence on the grounds that the notary who administered the oath was from Huron County and these men were enlisted and sworn into service in Erie County; asking if he could hold Ewing and Lawrence; and stating that he subsisted these men some three weeks, that he administered the oath to Lawrence, but was not satisfied with it and had the notary administer the oath again, and that Ewing and Lawrence were made to believe by different recruiting officers that he could not hold them and they went to Camp McClellan, enlisted, and had been mustered in. Together with a letter from G[eorge] H. Safford, Colonel Commanding, 55th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and D[aniel] F. DeWolf, Major, 55th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham, stating that Lieutenant [John H.] Poyer claimed they should deliver to him two men of their command who he maintained were enlisted by him and sworn into service in Erie County by a notary from Huron County, and who afterwards, without solicitation by any of their officers or men, voluntarily applied to them, enlisted, and were sworn and mustered into U.S. service by Captain H[enry] Belknap of the regular army, that under the circumstances, they did not feel at liberty to order the delivery of these men as there seemed to have been no valid oath administered to them by said notary and because these men had been regularly sworn and mustered into the service of the U.S. in the 55th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that these men desired to remain with the regiment, and that Poyer's rolls did not show that anyone save the Huron County notary swore in the recruits. Together with a P.S. from Lieutenant John H. Poyer, 72nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, stating that he did not agree with Safford and DeWolf, and that Buckingham must judge whether or not they could hold his men on as "flimsy" an excuse as they set forth.
3 pp. [Series 147-21: 56]

December 23, 1861
C.H. Sargent, Colonel, 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter recommending Charles W. Reeves as a suitable and proper person to be granted a commission to recruit for the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that the Adjutant General would materially assist recruiting by issuing Reeves the necessary commission.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 114]

December 23, 1861
C.H. Sargent, Colonel, 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter recommending William Kincaid as a suitable and proper person to be granted a commission to recruit for the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 158]

December 23, 1861
G. Shillito Smith, Lieutenant, Company A, 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Keys, Romney, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that on November 25, he was commissioned by Governor William Dennison as a 1st Lieutenant in the 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he was transferred from the 16th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he had been appointed Adjutant on August 23, that he never had a copy of the transfer order nor did he have anything to show that he was transferred, being notified verbally, and that he needed something as evidence of his transfer which would enable him to receive pay for past services.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 142]

December 23, 1861
Samuel W. Spencer, Captain, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Gilbert, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio. To Assistant Adjutant General R[odney] Mason. Letter stating that he had a man named Noah H. Decker, enlisted in his company, who he had subsequently heard was a deserter from Captain Cummins' company of Norwich, Muskingum County, and that he had written to Cummins, but could get no answer; asking Mason to examine the roll of Cummins' company to see if Decker was on the roll, and that Mason instruct him what to do if Decker was on the roll; and stating that Cummins' company was in Kentucky.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 64]

December 23, 1861
Peter J. Sullivan, Colonel Commanding, Headquarters, 48th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that on December 11, Daniel Gunsaullus was elected 2nd Lieutenant in Company F, 48th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Gunsaullus had done much to recruit Company F, and that he thought Gunsaullus qualified for the position; and requesting that Gunsaullus be appointed accordingly.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 11]

December 23, 1861
E[rastus] B. Tyler, Colonel, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Romney, Virginia. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that while they were encamped at Gauley Bridge, E[zra] H. Witter (acting as his clerk) requested his signature asking for the appointment of Commissary in a battery which was then being recruited for the regiment, that he thought he signed the petition, that upon receipt of a rank roll a few days since from the Adjutant General's Department, he saw that Witter was named as a 2nd Lieutenant in the regiment, that he feared by signing the paper referred to, he might have had something to do with the appointment, that Witter was entirely unfit for the position and his habits for the past two months had been such that Witter could not command the respect of a man in the regiment, and that as no commission had been received for Witter, he requested that Witter's name be dropped from the roll and the place supplied with a sober man.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 224]

December 23, 1861
John Vertessy, 1st Lieutenant, 58th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company H, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter regarding Special Order No. 1039, and recruiting for the 58th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 55]

December 23, 1861
M[oses] B. Walker, Colonel, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, camp near Somerset, [Kentucky]. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry remained at Camp Dick Robinson from October 2 until December 12, during which time they lost four Privates by death, that they had much sickness during the month of November, that they had 454 cases during the month of November, mostly of measles and typhoid fever, that the month of October was not quite so bad, that a considerable number of rheumatic cases had presented themselves, and most had been sent home on furlough, that they hoped they had gotten through the main brunt of affliction, yet they had about 35 cases of typhoid fever as well as some few that had not sufficiently recovered from the measles to go on duty, that he was himself among the fever cases, but had every prospect of a speedy recovery after being confined to his bed for a prolonged period, that Surgeon [Jason R.] Arter was taken sick in October and Assistant Surgeon [James L.] Mounts a few days later, that Arter and Mounts went home on furlough and neither had returned, that Dr. [John L.] Williams, 1st Lieutenant, Company B, had served most faithfully through their troubles and was still laboring day and night with their sick, that there was no way of paying Williams anything in addition to his Lieutenant's pay, that Williams now felt that he had served the regiment long enough without additional compensation, that under the circumstances, it would be a small charity for one or both of the Surgeons to divide their pay with Williams, that he had the power to hire a Surgeon provided the pay was no more than $100 per month, that he had appealed to several Ohio gentlemen well known to the medical profession to serve the regiment as a matter of humanity, but so far had found none who could be moved by that old fashioned impulse, that they had tried in various ways to obtain a stand of colors, that they could buy the colors if they were not all so "dogged" poor, that they had been told to buy such things out of the regimental fund, that he would like for some of the astute Quartermasters to tell him how a regimental fund was going to be accumulated while the regiment was in the field, that the sutler was not taxed, that nothing would be saved from the flour rations by having a baker of their own, that everybody behaved with such "provoking regularity" that no grounds could be found upon which to predicate a fine of 25 cents, that he would like to have the flag of his country to carry into battle, that the news had reached them that there were some standards purchased by the State for some of the new regiments fitting out, and that he was mustered into U.S. service by Captain Stansbury on August 9, 1861, as Colonel of the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; asking if this act was legal; and stating that it was claimed by the Paymaster, Major Kemp, that an order issued August 19, 1861 invalidated his mustering, that if this was true, he had never been mustered and was not now properly in the service, that Major Kemp had arbitrarily fixed upon September 25 as the date from which he should be paid, that about September 25, the regiment was put under marching orders, that barring the repeated transfers made upon the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to fill up other regiments, his regiment would have been full long before September 25, that he thought his mustering on August 9 was valid and that the General Order issued on August 19 could not and ought not to affect it, that they were expecting a battle every day, that Confederate General [Felix Kirk] Zollicoffer was posted with a force estimated at 8 to 15,000 men, and was strongly fortified and entrenched, that they had the 12th Kentucky, the 1st and 2nd Tennessee, the 17th, 31st, 35th, and 38th Ohio, Stannard's Battery, and 2 sections of Hewitt's Kentucky, that their whole force was less than 5,000 men, that they greatly needed a regiment of cavalry, that the rebels were said to have very good troops and were frequently doing mischief, that with some slight exceptions, the officers of his regiment showed great devotion to the service, zeal, and ability in the discharge of their duties, and that they would give a good account of the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
4 pp. [Series 147-21: 168]

December 23, 1861
Charles R. Woods, Colonel, 76th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Sherman, Newark, Licking County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter enclosing duplicate muster rolls of Captain Thaddeus Lemert's company, 76th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that the enlistment rolls had already been filed in Buckingham's office.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 17]

December 24, 1861
J[oseph] L. Antram, Sergeant, Company E, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Wickliffe. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that he had an opportunity to recruit a full company of infantry or cavalry in the vicinity of his home in Warren County, Ohio, that he had several letters from his friends there requesting him to obtain an order to return and organize said company, that he was assured there would be no trouble in immediately filling up the company as his friends were extremely anxious to go under his command, that he responded promptly to the first call of the State for troops and had been in the service since April 20 and on active service in western Virginia since June 30, that having seen considerable service and being familiar with a soldier's duty, he felt confident of his ability to raise, organize, and command said company, that he could also obtain the hearty recommendation of all the officers of the 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry as to his qualifications and soldierly bearing, and that being aware of the considerable difficulties associated with recruiting at the present time, he wished to advance the interest of the Government to the extent of his ability.
3 pp. [Series 147-21: 191]

December 24, 1861
J[ames] M. Ashley, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that Hugh Shiels of Lucas County was an applicant for a Lieutenant's place in the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry which was leaving Toledo that afternoon, that Shiels was endorsed by the Military Committee of Lucas County, and that he took pleasure in recommending Shiels as a man of the first order of ability for the place sought.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 80]

[December 24?, 1861]
Isaac F. Bacon, Carding[ton], Morrow County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had recruited 8 men and reported himself to Colonel Cantwell at Camp Kenton, that Cantwell's regiment was full with the requisite number of companies, that he wanted to be transferred or consigned to some other regiment, and that he wanted to know his place of rendezvous.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 180]

December 24, 1861
James Barnett, 1st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery, Headquarters, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the statement of [G.J.] Cooper in the enclosed note was true so far as the vote received by him, that in regard to the qualifications of the two men, he was well satisfied that [M.B.] Ewing was by far the best qualified for the position of Lieutenant, that neither Cooper or Ewing were in fact entitled to a Lieutenancy upon any of the rules for recruiting, that it appeared that Cooper had sufficient acquaintances in the squad to give him the election, that [Joseph] Bartlett, [Thomas C.] Floyd, [Alexander] Marshall, and [Eugene A.] Osborn had brought their squads to camp and agreed to elect Bartlett as Captain, A. Marshall as 1st Lieutenant, and E.A. Osborn as 2nd Lieutenant, and that Bartlett, Floyd, Marshall, and Osborn had 128 men; asking if Bartlett, Marshall, and Osborn could be appointed as specified; stating that to complete their organization and make up their companies, they required 106 men, and that Butchel(?) had a squad of 100 men at Camp Dennison; asking what disposition he should make of them as there were already twelve companies organized; stating that Butchel wished to be a Lieutenant; asking if it would not be well to fill up some of the companies and assign Butchel to a company; and stating that they had 7 vacancies for Lieutenants and about that number of recruiting officers not assigned.
2 pp. [Series 147-21: 189]

December 24, 1861
John Beatty, Chairman, Carroll County Military Committee, Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that Buckingham would confer a favor on the committees of Carroll County and Tuscarawas County by making the appointment in the application accompanying Beatty's note and giving notice to the undersigned immediately, that in the event of Mr. Crook's appointment, Buckingham would of course notify him officially by telegraph, and that they were particularly urgent regarding said appointment as they wished to fill up the 80th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry right off.
1 p. [Series 147-21: 162]

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