January 31, 1862
J.M. Wright, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Department of the Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky. To Colonel [James A.] Garfield, Commanding 18th Brigade. Extract from Special Orders No. 28, stating that the resignation of 1st Lieutenant David Scott, Company I, 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was accepted to take effect on January 31, 1862. By command of Brigadier General [Don Carlos] Buell.
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February 2, 1862
Lewis P. Buckley, Colonel, 29th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp North Branch Bridge, Maryland. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the resignations of 1st Lieutenant Leveret Grover of Company A and 2nd Lieutenant William J. Hall of Company I had created two vacancies; and recommending the promotions of 2nd Lieutenant William S. Crowell of Company A to be 1st Lieutenant of the same, Orderly Sergeant Everson J. Hulburt of Company A to be 2nd Lieutenant of the same, and Orderly Sergeant Seth E. Wilson of Company I to be 2nd Lieutenant of the same.
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February 3, 1862
C.W. Stewart, Recruiting Lieutenant, 74th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Athens, Athens County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had thirty-three men recruited for the 74th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but owing to high waters in their region, he was unable to get them all into camp; asking if Buckingham would allow him to draw his pay for recruiting up to the time the regiment was organized if he put his full thirty into camp immediately before the regiment went into the field; and stating that if he could make this arrangement, he was perfectly willing to go into the regiment as a Private for then he could make his finances meet, and that if Buckingham did this for him, he would take his Hardee and law book and return to his regiment and try and do his duty.
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February 3, 1862
B. Turner, Huron, Erie County, Ohio. To J[oel] F. Asper, Captain, Company H, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Letter stating that since returning home from his visit to the 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and other places, he had been hearing many things regarding the 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the battle of Cross Lanes and the fight with [John B.] Floyd's legions of rebels, that he had heard Asper's name mentioned by some who were in that battle, that he thought Asper deserved credit for initiating the principal thing which saved the bulk of the regiment, viz. keeping together, that he believed Asper had done everything which could be done, and that he trusted Asper would find it convenient to visit him before returning.
1 p. [Series 147-27: 143]
February 4, 1862
James Findlay Irwin, Jr., Camp Wickliffe, Kentucky. To John F. Torrence. Letter stating that the only capacity he had acted in as Lieutenant was as officer of the guard and taking the company on battalion drill several times, that there were vacancies in the regiment caused by officers being captured while in Virginia, that he could not tell if the intent was to fill these vacancies, that he would get a recommendation from his company officers and send it, that this recommendation might help and surely could do no harm, and that he would be much obliged for anything Torrence could do in his case.
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February 4, 1862
John D. Nicholas, [Company H, 51st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry], Camp Wickliffe, Kentucky. To A.T. Ready. Letter stating that he had just learned that Lieutenant [Charles E.] Mitchener of Company A, 51st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was appointed Adjutant of the 80th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Meigs, and that this would create a vacancy in the office of 2nd Lieutenant; asking Ready to make application in favor of Peter Lowe of Company A, who was now Orderly Sergeant; and stating that he thought Lowe was entitled to the position of 2nd Lieutenant, that Lowe stood next in the order of rank, was a good soldier, and would make a good officer, that it would be a benefit to Lowe's family, that the company could lose nothing by it, but would gain much, that it would be wrong to promote a man from the ranks over Lowe's head or to appoint a stranger or outsider when such a good man as Lowe was available, and that the facilities for writing at that time were not first rate.
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February 4, 1862
A.O. Russell, Captain, and W[illiam] S. Getty, 1st Lieutenant, Company G, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Wickliffe. To ? Letter recommending James F. Irwin, Jr., 1st Sergeant of Company G, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion to a Lieutenancy; and stating that Irwin had been in service since April 20, 1861, and was fully competent.
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[February 5?, 1862]
W[illiam] Lauterwasser, Sergeant, et. al., Company K, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. To Colonel E[rastus] B. Tyler. Letter signed by fifty-five members of Company K, 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; stating that they had been notified of the appointment of Markus S. Hopkins as 2nd Lieutenant of Company K; petitioning Tyler to have Hopkins assigned to some other company or regiment; stating that they knew Hopkins had never drilled a squad of men, never was mustered into the service of the United States, and was entirely incompetent as a commissioned officer, that members of the company knew themselves to be better qualified and could not have the respect for Hopkins due an officer, and that they felt the company and service could be materially injured by the appointment of Hopkins in their company; requesting Tyler to recommend Orderly Sergeant Ernst J. Krieger for the position; and stating that Krieger had faithfully discharged his duties, that Krieger was a good and brave soldier, having been with them on every march and in every engagement, and had not been absent from duty one day, that Krieger received a serious flesh wound at Cross Lanes and was offered a furlough, but declined, preferring to do his duty, that they knew Krieger would make a good and competent officer, and were consequently desirous of having him appointed in their company, and that Krieger was entitled to promotion if constant attention to duty and bravery, together with seniority, were to form the basis for promotion. Bears a note from Tyler; referring the letter to Governor David Tod; and asking that the request of the company be granted.
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[February 5?, 1862]
N.C. McFarland, H. Beardsley, and Alex. F. Hume, Military Committee. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that they understood that the office of 2nd Lieutenant in Company F, 3rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was about to become vacant, that Charles Huling, now 3rd Sergeant in the company, was an applicant for the place, that they recommended Huling to Tod's favorable consideration, that Huling was among the first to respond to the call and had been with the regiment all the time in western Virginia, and that the regiment was now at Camp Madison across Green River. Bears an endorsement signed by William Beckett and Israel Williams, District Military Committee.
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February 5, 1862
S.J. McGroarty, Colonel, 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Beckett. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that James Rearden of the 10th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was a man of fine education, a gentleman, and a good soldier who exhibited great heroism at Carnifex Ferry, that in his opinion, Rearden deserved promotion, that Rearden was in Company E, that for Rearden's bravery, devotion, and soldierly qualities, he would like to give him a Lieutenancy if Buckingham would consent, that Rearden was one of the men who, under the fire of the enemy, went through the field and gave water and words of comfort to his wounded companions, that Rearden gathered blankets and made beds of them for those who were wounded, that Rearden was devoted to Colonel [William H.] Lytle and others all the time they lay on the field, and that he hoped Rearden might be put in the 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
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February 7, 1862
John G. Mitchell, [3rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry], Camp Jefferson, Bacon Creek, Kentucky. To the Honorable G.V. Dorsey, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. Letter stating that they were in some trouble in regard to their regimental organization, that Colonel [Isaac H.] Marrow had finally resigned, that his object in writing was to have Dorsey see Governor David Tod and ask him to reserve all opinions in the premises until the matter was placed before him in its proper light, that their late commander would doubtless attempt to have a Colonel appointed for them, and that they did not wish this done until their case was fairly stated.
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February 8, 1862
Harl[an] P. Christie, Adjutant, 58th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, et. al., Camp Chase, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter signed by twenty-one commissioned officers of the 58th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; requesting that Captain [Baptist] Benkler, Company G, 58th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry be retained in their regiment as he was one of the best officers and drillmasters, and that the Governor give Benkler his commission as he only resigned from the 24th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry on account of family affairs and before the law was passed that if an officer resigned in one regiment, he could receive no other commission in another; and stating that Benkler's family affairs were all right now, and that Benkler still intended to serve his country. Approved by V[alentine] Bausenwein, Colonel, 58th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
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February 9, 1862
J[ames] P. Fyffe, Colonel, 59th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Columbia, [Kentucky]. To Assistant Adjutant General R[odney] Mason. Letter enclosing the roll of Company I with explanation; and stating that General [Jeremiah T.] Boyle, with his approval, authorized J[ames] R. Temple, a young man from near Bowling Green, Kentucky and a Union man whose houses, barns, fences, and all movable property had been burned and destroyed by the rebels, to raise a company for the 59th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Temple had an interview with Captain [Charles A.] Sheaf, that in view of the exigencies of the case, they agreed to unite their forces, that Temple was to be 1st Lieutenant, Sheaf was to be Captain, and [Francis F.] Kibler was to be 2nd Lieutenant, that this arrangement was approved by General Boyle and himself and he hoped the same would be commissioned, that Temple had been Captain of a company of Home Guards and saved all his guns from the rebels, that Temple and Sheaf had 60 men and were filling up rapidly, that the authority of Temple was dated December 1, 1861, and that Temple united with Sheaf on January 26, 1862. Bears a note dated February 21, 1862, from C.P. Buckingham, Adjutant General of Ohio, Columbus; referring the letter to the Adjutant General of Kentucky; and asking if it would be agreeable to the state authorities of Kentucky to have the within named officers commissioned by the Governor of Ohio. Also bears a note dated February 24, 1862, from John W. Finnell, Adjutant General of Kentucky, Frankfort; stating that the commissions should be issued, that Temple was a gallant fellow and it mattered little where the commission came from, that Ohio and Kentucky fought together for one flag and one Government, and that their brave sons should be allowed to forget all state distinctions, remembering only one country and one nationality.
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February 10, 1862
C.H. Sargent, Colonel, 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Dennison, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter requesting that authority be granted to E.S. Donaldson of Painesville, Lake County, Ohio to recruit a command for the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-27: 205]
February 11, 1862
Oliver D. Greene, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters, Department of the Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky. To Colonel [James B.] Steedman, 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Extract from Special Orders No. 38, stating that the resignation of 2nd Lieutenant William U. Rogers, Company E, 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was accepted to take effect on February 11, 1862. By command of Brigadier General [Don Carlos] Buell. Together with a letter dated February 21, 1862, from James B. Steedman, Colonel, 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Lebanon, Kentucky, to Governor David Tod; nominating Marshal Davis, Sergeant Major of the 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Rogers; enclosing the commission of Rogers, his resignation having been accepted before the commission reached them; nominating Henry C. Bigelow of Company I for the position of 2nd Lieutenant of that company; and stating that A[lexander] Walp, whose commission he returned, had resigned on October 28, 1861, that as Walp had never been appointed, he did not deem it necessary to forward the resignation, that Bigelow had been acting in the capacity of 2nd Lieutenant since November 1, 1861, and that he would like to have Bigelow commissioned from that date.
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February 12, 1862
C. Mains, Belle Centre, Logan County, Ohio. To William H. West. Letter regarding transportation for members of his regiment who had been left at home due to sickness.
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February 12, 1862
S.S. Osborn, Chairman, C.D. Adams, Secretary, Military Committee Room, Painesville, Lake County, Ohio. To ? Letter stating that the Military Committee of Lake County certified that E.T. Donaldson was a man of good moral character and of such attainments as would fit him for the command of a company in the field, that with the men already recruited by Donaldson for Captain [Henry] Richardson's company, 54th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, they believed he could recruit a number of men to nearly fill a company, and that they would aid Donaldson in doing so; and asking that a commission be issued to Donaldson.
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February 13, 1862
Luke Murrin, Quartermaster Sergeant, 10th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To William Dennison, Columbus, Ohio. Letter stating that he received a dispatch informing him that the regiment was moving to Cave City, Kentucky, 12 miles from Green River, that he would be going on the train that evening to join the regiment, that he hoped Dennison would drop him a line on the subject which they discussed, that he desired to be 1st Lieutenant in Company B, that he deemed it his due after nine months service, that it was rather disagreeable to see citizens taking positions which others were entitled to as had been the case, and that he expected to receive a favorable account of his promotion.
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February 13, 1862
Luke Murrin, Quartermaster Sergeant, 10th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To William S. Groesbeck, Columbus, Ohio. Letter stating that there were three vacancies in the 10th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he was recommended by Lieutenant Colonel [Joseph W.] Burke and Major [Robert M.] Moore for the position of 1st Lieutenant in Company B, that he had received no appointment as yet, that he was told to go to Columbus and that Groesbeck would see the Governor and have him commissioned immediately, that he had not seen Groesbeck and was writing to him on the subject, and that he hoped Groesbeck would be so kind as to use his influence with the Governor to obtain the appointment.
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February 14, 1862
W. Scott Ketchum, Lieutenant Colonel, 10th Infantry, Acting Inspector General, Headquarters, Department of the Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri. To the Adjutant General of Ohio. Letter requesting a list of the regiments, battalions, independent batteries, and companies furnished by Ohio and detailed for service in the Department of the Missouri, and that the Adjutant General classify the different arms of service under their respective heads, i.e. infantry, artillery, or cavalry, and show in a tabular form the names of the Colonels or commanding officers with the dates of enrollment and muster into U.S. service; and stating that this information was required in order to know who commanded and who to call upon for muster-in rolls and to form a roster.
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February 14, 1862
S[amuel] R. Mott, Captain, Company C, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Danville, Kentucky. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that they thought the office of Major in the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was vacant, that the regiment was organized with M[oses] B. Walker as Colonel, Cyrus Grant as Lieutenant Colonel, and Samuel L. Lefingwell as Major, that after the regiment was ordered into Kentucky, Grant and Lefingwell were transferred to other regiments by Governor William Dennison against their consent, that Grant and Lefingwell had both been ordered back to the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Lefingwell had been mustered out of the service by order of General [Don Carlos] Buell, that although F[rederick] W. Lister held a commission from the Governor of Ohio for the position of Major, there certainly could not be two Majors in the same regiment legally, that if Lister had not been re-appointed, he was not now a legal officer in their regiment unless they must have as many Majors as Lieutenant Colonels, and that three individuals held commissions as Lieutenant Colonels in the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; asking Tod to give this matter his attention; and stating that he had an application before Tod for a field appointment backed by Colonel Walker and many others, and that Walker was supporting him for the position of Lieutenant Colonel in the 24th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
2 pp. [Series 147-27: 122]
February 14, 1862
E[dward] Siber, Colonel, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Clifton. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter forwarding a copy of Special Order No. 29 containing the accepted resignation of 1st Lieutenant A[nton] Peterson, Company F, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for ill health; and stating that in accordance with General Order No. 3, he observed that the senior 2nd Lieutenant of the regiment was Henry Schmidt, Company C, who, although a young man of moral conduct and good will, appeared to be too inexperienced in military matters to be already promoted to a higher rank after so short a period of practical service, that the next person on the list was Paul Wittich, 2nd Lieutenant, Company E, who he proposed for the vacant place of 1st Lieutenant in Company F, that Wittich was a gentleman well deserving of such promotion, that he did not propose a 2nd Lieutenant at present because he had as yet not perceived in Company F, in which the vacancy had occurred, anyone able to meet the exigencies of the grade of officers, that he intended to leave this place open for general competition in the regiment and would propose such a one who distinguished himself at the next opportunity, that he begged to make the appointments of Wittich and those he had lately forwarded as soon as possible, and that the regiment was very much in want of officers.
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February 14, 1862
E.T. Spangler, et. al., Coshocton, Coshocton County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter signed by five individuals, including two members of the District Military Committee for Coshocton County; and stating that believing the interests of the country and of the soldiers vindicating the country's cause required experienced commanders, they requested the appointment of Colonel James Irvine to a command in the army of the Union commensurate with his abilities and due his service as a military man, that Irvine was a Captain in the Mexican War and served with distinction, that Irvine was also in the three months' service, that Irvine was elected Captain of his company and subsequently elected Colonel of the 16th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) which he gallantly led at the battle of Phillipi, that Irvine was a thorough military man, being peculiarly well fitted mentally and physically to command, and that Irvine's appointment would be a just tribute to past services and military worth and a benefit to the country and Union cause.
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February 15, 1862
A.W. Anderson, Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio. To General D[avid] McCartney. Letter stating that Lieutenant John Garrett, who was recruiting a company for the 61st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and who had over 30 men, desired to retain them at Bellaire and not send them to camp, that these men would be of great service in procuring recruits, each one having his influence, etc., that it was necessary for the military committee to pass a resolution advising Garrett's continuance since his 20 days had about expired, that said resolution was to be signed by the chairman and secretary of the military committee, that as a member of the military committee, he thought that Garrett's commission ought to be extended, that he therefore authorized McCartney to regard him as voting in favor of such a resolution, and that he hoped McCartney would get up and sign such a resolution. Together with a letter from David McCartney, Chairman, Military Committee for the Southern District of Belmont County, to Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham, stating that the Military Committee for the Southern District of Belmont County recommended that Lieutenant [John] Garrett have his time extended for recruiting a company if in accordance with the interest of the service.
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February 15, 1862
J.R. Brelsford, Post Surgeon, General Hospital, Cumberland, Maryland. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that when he reported at Cumberland, Maryland in obedience to Buckingham's order, General [Frederick W.] Lander placed him in charge of the General Hospital as Post Surgeon, that he was doing the best he could for the sick under his care, that he wished to know if under these circumstances he might be commissioned, and that he noticed that Dr. Haynes from Ohio, one of his assistants whose regiment was not full, got a commission while in Columbus; requesting that his commission be made out and sent to him at Cumberland, Maryland; and stating that he was mustered into service under date of November 9, 1861, corresponding with the day he went on duty at Camp Lowe, that their sick amounted to about 1,200, and they were using 11 buildings, that he had 4 regular assistants from Ohio and 2 from Indiana, with 3 or 4 more physicians employed by contract, that the Ohio assistants were good men and were faithfully doing the work assigned them, that they had report of a battle that day and were preparing a house for some "secesh" prisoners, that typhoid fever, measles, and pneumonia were their prevailing diseases, that the train had come in bringing about fifty prisoners, inclusive of 15 officers, that the prisoners were marched through the street to quarters provided, that they lost 2 men killed and one wounded, that the enemy's loss was reported at 13 killed with the number wounded indefinite, and that Lander was pursuing towards Winchester, Virginia.
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February 15, 1862
O[tto] Burstenbinder, Colonel, 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1st Brigade, Lander's Division, Camp Chase, Paw Paw Tunnel, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter enclosing the statements of Lieutenant [Gustave W.] Fahrion and Lieutenant [Louis M.] Miller; and stating that according to Buckingham's order, he gave Fahrion the position in Company D and gave Miller furlough to go to Columbus and speak for himself, that Fahrion, coaxed by Lieutenant Colonel [Alvin C.] Voris to resign, did not wish to do so and he could not advise him to do it as he thought Fahrion a much better officer than Miller, that all the men of Company D came and expressed their wish to keep Fahrion in the place of Miller, that Fahrion had more of his enlisted men in the regiment than Miller, that Miller was most always sick and unable to stand any fatigue, that on the last march against the enemy, Miller was lying behind a fence and crying, that Miller offered $2.00 to any of his men who would carry him along, that Fahrion was always ahead, ready and willing for any duty, that on January 22 or 23, Private John Henni entrusted Miller with $7.50 to be sent to Henni's family, that Miller had not sent the money, but promised to pay it back to Henni, that Miller left on February 15 without doing so and failed to tell Henni he was leaving, that as Henni was a poor man and had a family living in destitute circumstances, he wished Buckingham to secure the repayment of the $7.50 from Miller to said Henni by the Paymaster, that he wanted Buckingham to send him an order regarding who should remain in the regiment, Fahrion or Miller, and that he and the Captain of the company preferred Fahrion.
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February 15, 1862
Gustave W. Fahrion, 2nd Lieutenant, Company D, 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Chase, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had just been informed by Colonel Otto Burstenbinder that he was legally recognized as 2nd Lieutenant of Company D, that by request of the Colonel, he was taking the liberty of giving Buckingham a statement so far as he was concerned in the matter, that when he enlisted, he left a good situation to serve his adopted country, that feeling himself equal to any position as an officer of the line, he accepted a recruiting Lieutenant's position, that he did not succeed in enlisting more than 25 men, that five of the men were in the 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, four were about Cleveland, three had deserted, and 13 were at Camp Chase, Virginia with the regiment, that this was more than Mr. Miller now had with the regiment, that he did not enlist a lot of men to be discharged after he got his commission, that as regarded his resignation, that was suggested to him by Lieutenant Colonel [Alvin C.] Voris, who told him that resignation was his only hope, that Voris subsequently told him that had he known of his ability earlier, he would not have placed him in such a provoking position, that he did not want to resign and it was not what he enlisted for, especially as the men of Company D and the Captain liked him and were more pleased with the arrangement than they would be on pay day, that he hoped to have a chance to show Buckingham on the field of battle that what he had said was the sentence of his heart, and that Lieutenant A. Girty of the 45th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, now consolidated with the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, did not enlist a single man, but retained his position.
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[February 15?, 1862]
Charles Hennessy, 1st Lieutenant and Acting Captain, Company D, 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. To ? Letter containing a copy of a statement made by ex-Lieutenant L[ouis] M. Miller regarding a clothing account with Captain Charles A. Rowsey; and stating that he believed Miller's statement to be incorrect, that as far as he could see since joining the regiment at Camp Chase (Columbus) from recruiting service, none of the stated articles of clothing were in Rowsey's possession, and that he could not state so positively as Rowsey was absent due to sickness.
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February 15, 1862
S.J. McGroarty, Colonel, 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Beckett, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that Henry Riff, who was by Buckingham's order appointed a Lieutenant to recruit for the 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, had received a notice that his appointment was revoked because of his not having reported to headquarters, that Riff now had his full complement of men in camp and had united with Lieutenants Ryan and Waldron, making a full company, and that their muster roll, now being made out, would be sent to Buckingham by Monday's mail and would show a full company of good serviceable men; requesting that Riff's appointment be allowed to stand as his failure to report was through a misapprehension that he was to make his report to regimental headquarters; and stating that Riff was a sober, energetic, and experienced officer, and had been in service before in Kentucky, that Riff had done the 50th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry good service and he would be sorry to lose him, that he hoped Riff might still be left in his position, and that they had increased their ranks by one hundred men that week and were still exerting themselves.
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February 15, 1862
Louis M. Miller, Camp Chase, Paw Paw Ridge Tunnel, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that on November 20, 1861, he was appointed as a recruiting officer in the 45th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and directed to assist Lieutenant Pool of Cleveland in recruiting a company for that regiment, that he did so and recruited twenty-six men until December 27, 1861, at which time they were ordered to Columbus to join the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that his men, together with most of those recruited by Pool, were sent to Company D, that in accordance with the recommendation of Colonel [Otto] Burstenbinder, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in that company, that in making out the muster rolls of their company, he was directed by Lieutenant Colonel [Alvin C.] Voris to enter the name of Gustave W. Fahrion as 2nd Lieutenant in addition to his own, to write "Resigned Decr 31/61" in the margin opposite Fahrion's name, and to put himself down as mustered in at Columbus on December 31, 1861 by Charles A. Rowsey, that he objected since he would lose the pay of Lieutenant for some time, but Voris assured him that all the commissions would date from December 31, 1861 and, as Fahrion's resignation bore the same date, it would make no difference, that he made out the muster-in rolls of their company in accordance with Voris' directions, that when the order came to go to Major McDowell's office and make out the muster for payment and pay rolls, he found that all the commissions were being dated December 18, 1861 with the exception of his which was dated December 31, 1861 because Fahrion did not resign until that date, that not feeling disposed to lose all payment for his services while on recruiting duty, he went to Buckingham's office to see if some change could be made for he did not understand the justice of the case, that the name of a man not in the company had been inserted on the rolls in such a way as to deprive him of nearly half a month's pay as Lieutenant, to which he had ignorantly consented supposing it would make no difference, that he stated the case and explained it thoroughly to one of Buckingham's assistants, that this assistant said he could draw pay as a Private from the day he reported to Lieutenant Pool for duty, at which time it was considered by the department that he was mustered into service, that this assistant directed him to erase December 31 and substitute November 28 (the date of his reporting to Lieutenant Pool for duty) and as Charles A. Rowsey had recruited in Toledo, to erase Columbus and insert Toledo, that in accordance with these instructions, he did so and received a Private's pay to December 31, that in the whole matter, he had acted strictly in accordance with orders from Voris and Buckingham's assistant, that he only regretted consenting to do anything which could possibly be misunderstood by the department or construed as an attempt to do that which was not strictly right and honorable, and that in accordance with the order of Colonel [Otto] Burstenbinder, his statement was respectfully submitted.
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