SERIES 147. VOLUME 28. ADJUTANT GENERAL.
Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General of Ohio,
August 30, 1861-March 19, 1862.
August 30, 1861
W.A. Mussey, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Colonel C[rafts] J. Wright. Letter stating that he had examined Dr. A.M. Brown in matters pertaining to his profession and found him well instructed, that he knew Brown to be practically well adapted to the position of Assistant Surgeon, and that he also knew Brown to be of good habits and principles and perfectly reliable. Bears a note from W. Clendenin stating that he had carefully and repeatedly examined Dr. A.M. Brown and fully endorsed the recommendations of Dr. Avery and Dr. Mussey.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 98]
October 3, 1861
Joseph G. Young, Cashier, Piqua Branch, State Bank of Ohio, Piqua, Miami County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that George B. Frye, a Piqua resident about 22 years old, of good size, well educated, of good health and habits, and with experience in the three months' service, asked to be appointed a 2nd Lieutenant, that Frye would make a good soldier, that he took great pleasure in recommending Frye to Dennison's consideration, that he hoped it might be in Dennison's power to give Frye a place, that Frye was very desirous of going into the service and had spent some time in preparing himself for the position, and that he would consider it a personal favor if Dennison gave Frye a place.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 96]
October 9, 1861
J.A. Davenport, et. al., Woodsfield, Monroe County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter signed by nine individuals, and recommending John D. Smith for the appointment of 2nd Lieutenant. Portion of letter missing.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 103]
October 11, 1861
J.W. Reilly, Wellsville, Columbiana County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that by direction of the congressional district military committee, which met and organized on October 10, he recommended the bearer, James H.H. Hunter, for a commission to recruit in Columbiana County, that the reason the committee departed from the usual practice was that Wellsville was on the border and volunteers were leaving almost daily to enlist in other states, that Hunter was an active young man, and that in connection with two others locally, he had no doubt Hunter would be an efficient recruiting officer and would raise a whole company within a short time; requesting that Hunter be given a commission; and stating that he was anxious to prevent parties leaving, etc., as soon as possible, and that the recommendation of Hunter was directed by the committee unanimously.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 95]
October 12, 1861
Calvin W. Thomas, J.R. Morton and Co., Bankers, No. 29, West Third Street, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter recommending Thomas F. Murdoch of Cincinnati for the appointment of Lieutenant in one of the Ohio regiments being organized; and endorsing Murdoch as an honorable and brave young man.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 89]
October 14, 1861
Alex. F. Hume, N.C. McFarland, and Henry Beardsley, Military Committee for Butler County, Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter certifying that they believed Henry Traber of Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio was a suitable person to be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant under the regulations of the State Military Department; and soliciting Traber's appointment.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 94]
October 14, 1861
A.E. Jones, Commanding City Barracks, City Barracks, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter introducing Captain Lehman Schloss, who came to Dennison with a recommendation from some of Cincinnati's citizens for an appointment in the volunteer service from Ohio; and stating that Schloss was a soldier in Company E, 4th Artillery, U.S. Army during the Mexican War, an active member of the Guthrie Grays for six years, and Captain of Company E, 2nd Regiment, Reserve Militia of Cincinnati, and that Schloss was of good moral character and standing in Cincinnati.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 90]
October 15, 1861
Lehman Schloss, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that having been two years in the Mexican War in the regular army (4th Artillery), having been an active member for six years of the Guthrie Grays in Cincinnati, and currently holding a commission as Captain of a reserve company, he thought he was competent to hold a commission as Major, Adjutant, or Quartermaster, that he was a German by birth and spoke English and German fluently, that he was a family man, 35 years of age, never was sick, and had never tasted any liquor, and that he could provide any reference. Bears signatures of those endorsing the petition.
2 pp. [Series 147-28: 93]
October 17, 1861
S.S. Cox, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter recommending W.M. Cunningham for a position. Portion of letter missing.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 89]
November 15, 1861
Peter A. Tyler, Captain, 81st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Morton, Herman, Missouri. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that in consequence of a violation of the articles of war on the part of Lieutenant Colonel John A. Turley of the 81st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he had resigned his position as Lieutenant Colonel of said regiment, that he would be pleased to fill the resulting vacancy, that he had been in the service since the war began, that he had taken great pains to qualify himself to serve his country usefully as a soldier and an officer, that he had resided in Ohio for 24 years and in Upper Sandusky about 12 years, that he had practiced law for 18 years, that in 1853 and 1854, he was a member of the Ohio Legislature from Wyandot County and Hardin County, that he could provide any recommendations which might be required, that the Major and Colonel were absent and the commissioned officers had placed him in command of the regiment, and that he felt he was entitled to a position as a field officer.
3 pp. [Series 147-28: 87]
November 16, 1861
J.S. Conklin, Secretary, District Military Committee, Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending Benjamin F. Lefever for the position of Lieutenant in the Benton Cadets. Portion of letter missing.
3 pp. [Series 147-28: 88]
November 16, 1861
E. Smith, John H. Mathers, William Lee, S.M. Rupell, and William A. Carey, County Military Committee, Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter stating that some three months before, a company of the Benton Cadets (in the service of General [John C.] Fremont) was raised in Shelby County, that B[enjamin] F. Lefever, then a student at law, was induced to abandon his studies and engage in the raising of the company, that Lefever was much more efficient than any other man in getting up the company and spent much of his private means, which he was ill able to do, to accomplish it, that this was done by Lefever under assurances from agents of Fremont that he should have the position of 1st Lieutenant at minimum, that upon the arrival of the company at Jefferson City, Missouri, they held an election and Lefever was elected 1st Lieutenant, that as a battle was soon expected, other officers were appointed, but this was understood to be only temporary, that since then, Lefever had acted as a Private, that they understood the regiment was to receive commissions from Ohio and they sincerely hoped Lefever's claims would be recognized, and that they knew Lefever to be competent and well worthy of a place; requesting that Lefever receive the place to which he was elected by the company; and stating that inasmuch as the company was almost wholly raised in Shelby County, it should be officered in part from the county.
3 pp. [Series 147-28: 88]
November 19, 1861
Jonathan Renick, et. al., Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending the appointment of Jonathan Sherman of Circleville to the office of Regimental Quartermaster; and stating that Sherman was honest and capable, that Sherman had business qualifications of high order, that Sherman had been engaged in the livery business in Circleville for eight years, that Sherman had given special attention to horses and the diseases of horses, that Sherman had been very successful in his treatment of horses, not having lost one, and that Sherman's services to a regiment in this regard would be valuable. Portion of letter missing.
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November 20, 1861
George Laskey, Chairman, et. al., Wood County Military Committee, Perrysburg, Wood County, Ohio. To Colonel Commanding, 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Oliver, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. Letter certifying that they were personally and by reputation well acquainted with J[ohn] C. Albert who was at present a member of J[ohn] B. Spafford's company in the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that from their knowledge of Albert's good moral character, intelligence, and patriotism, they cheerfully recommended him for an honorable position in said company, that they understood Albert desired and was a candidate for the position of 1st Lieutenant therein, and that they understood many of the friends of the company desired Albert's success.
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December 3, 1861
William Dennison, Governor of Ohio, the State of Ohio, Executive Department, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Franklin Sawyer, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Romney, Virginia. Copy of a letter stating that, despite being fully advised, Dr. [Benjamin] Tappan was still acting as Surgeon of the 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry contrary to authority, that Tappan was the Surgeon of the regiment during the three months' service, but when it was transferred into a three years' regiment, no Surgeon was appointed, that on September 7, W.H. Lamme was duly appointed and commissioned as the Surgeon and reported for duty, that owing to opposition from Tappan and the want of proper support from those whose duty it was to protect Lamme in the discharge of his duties, he returned home, that Lamme had been transferred to another regiment, that the appointment of Thomas McElright, M.D. as Surgeon of the 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry would be properly respected and enforced, that McElright had been commissioned and regularly mustered into the service, and that McElright must have secured to him all the rights his position as Surgeon of the 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry required. Bears a note from David Lewis, Acting Adjutant, 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, certifying that the letter was a true copy.
2 pp. [Series 147-28: 44]
December 5, 
J. Sperry, Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter recommending William Welch for an appointment in the 43rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Portion of letter missing.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 87]
December 9, 1861
Benjamin Eggleston, Joshua H. Bates, J.C. Baum, W.S. Groesbeck, and A.D. Bullock, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor William Dennison. Letter recommending Henry Daggitt, now a Private in Company A, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for a commission as Lieutenant in the army; and stating that Daggitt was fond of his profession, that Daggitt was energetic, trustworthy, and in all respects eminently qualified for promotion, that being of Southern birth and having entered into the service out of principle to assist in the cause of his country gave Daggitt, independent of his meritorious qualifications, something more than a common claim, and that a Lieutenancy in active service would be preferable.
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January 3, 1862
G[eorge] W. Tomme, 2nd Lieutenant, Company K, 37th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Clifton. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter requesting a duplicate of his appointment.
2 pp. [Series 147-28: 180]
January 11, 1862
Wilbur F. Sanders, Adjutant, 64th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Morton, near Bardstown, Kentucky. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that on October 8, 1861, he was appointed as a 2nd Lieutenant to recruit for the 6th Independent Battery, Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery, that within 20 days, he recruited more than 30 men, that in the course of a month or thereabouts, he recruited about 100 men, and that he supposed there was no question he was entitled to a commission showing the appointment and that Buckingham's failure to forward it with the other commissions to the 64th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was merely an inadvertence.
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January 18, 1862
W[illiam] S. Smith, Colonel, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, et. al.., Camp Jefferson, Kentucky. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter signed by twenty commissioned officers of the 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that in case of the promotion of W[illiam] S. Smith, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to the rank of Brigadier General, and the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel J[oseph] G. Hawkins to the rank of Colonel, and the promotion of Major Ben[jamin] P. Runkle to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, they recommended Captain William Schneider, Company E, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion to the rank of Major, that they believed Schneider to be fully competent to fill the place and worthy of promotion, and that they made this recommendation in view of the physical disability of the ranking Captains.
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January 20, 1862
J[ohn] S. Mason, Colonel, 4th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Kelly, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had received the promotions of officers of his regiment dated January 9, 1862; claiming that injustice had been done in some instances; stating that certain promotions should date from December 10, 1861; and requesting that Buckingham make the necessary changes. Portion of letter missing.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 192]
January 25, 1862
Elijah Warner, Captain, 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, et. al., Camp Union, Virginia. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter signed by fifteen commissioned officers of the 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that should a vacancy occur in the field offices of the 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, they recommended the appointment of J[oseph] B. Potter, Surgeon, 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to fill said vacancy, and that they had complete confidence in the patriotism and ability of Potter.
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January 27, 1862
B[enjamin] F. Wade, Washington. To Colonel W[illiam] B. Hazen. Letter stating that Hazen's letter of January 17, with accompanying documents, requesting him to lay them before President Abraham Lincoln and asking the President to promote him to the rank of Brigadier General, was received, that he had information from sources which he could not disregard which was deeply prejudicial to Hazen's character as a man and an officer, that on one occasion when a clergyman was recommended to Hazen as Chaplain to the 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he understood that Hazen's reply was that no man could be Chaplain to a regiment under his command unless he could answer three questions in the negative ("Do you believe in the higher law? Did you vote for Abe Lincoln? Do you believe this is a holy war?"), that it was also affirmed on authority he could not doubt that two fugitive slaves came to Hazen's camp, that an officer was ordered to detail a guard and march the fugitive slaves to Hazen's quarters where their master awaited them, that Hazen said to the master "Sir, will you have them flogged here?" and the reply was "No sir, I will attend to that when I get home", and that Hazen surrendered the fugitive slaves to the master and they were taken back to slavery, that he hoped, for the honor of the army and because he once certified strongly in Hazen's favor to procure his promotion, that Hazen would be able to exculpate himself from these most damaging imputations, that if not, Hazen need not hope for promotion nor hardly to hold the position he now occupied, that the Senate of the United States would never confirm an appointment where any one of the stated charges should rest against the appointee, and that he trusted the day of "slave catching" Generals had passed forever. A true copy made by R.L. Kimberly, Acting Assistant Adjutant General, 19th Brigade.
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January 29, 1862
S[amuel] H. Dunning, Colonel, 5th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Lander, New Creek, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter regarding some commissions received from Buckingham's department; stating that these commissions were still in his possession, that he was very desirous to know what to make of them, that since receiving these commissions, two vacancies had occurred in the 5th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry by resignation, and that the resignations were those of 1st Lieutenant G.N.C. Fraser of Company H and Major William Gaskill; recommending the appointments of 2nd Lieutenant William V. Neeley to the 1st Lieutenancy of Company H, and Orderly Sergeant Joseph W. Jackaway to the 2nd Lieutenancy of Company H, 5th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that he was satisfied that both of these individuals would make efficient officers and do credit to themselves and the service, that while he did not desire to make a special recommendation for the appointment of any of the Captains of the 5th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to the position vacated by the resignation of Major Gaskill, he protested against the appointment of Captain Theo[philus] Gaines to the Majority of the regiment, and that he could explain his reasons satisfactorily to Buckingham or the Governor if required. Portion of letter missing.
2 pp. [Series 147-28: 150]
January 29, 1862
D[aniel] E. Wade, Camp Jefferson, Kentucky. To Brigadier General M[elancthon] S. Wade (uncle). Letter stating that he had been compelled, on account of ill health, to resign as Surgeon of the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that since he received notice of the acceptance of his resignation, he was offered and had been appointed Post or Hospital Surgeon at Elizabethtown, Kentucky, some twenty-five miles from Camp Jefferson, that this was a contract position at a salary of $100 a month and he would be subject to removal at any time, that it was uncertain how long there would be the need for a hospital at Elizabethtown, that he acted without being commissioned, that he thought it best to accept the appointment as it would indirectly connect him with the army and give him an opportunity for active service again as soon as his health was recovered, which he had no doubt one month's time would accomplish, that his uncle would perhaps recollect that he desired to be transferred to Camp Dennison as Surgeon to that post, that he thought perhaps such changes might have occurred at Camp Dennison as would enable him to get the post (commissioned if possible or by contract if not) through the influence of his friends by the establishment of the fact that he resigned on account of ill health occasioned from exposure in the service, that he had no doubt but that the officers of the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry would give him letters of recommendation if desirable, that he did not doubt but that the Honorable William Groesbeck, if approached, would lend his influence, and that it was from the fact of loss of health while in the service that he was offered the post at Elizabethtown; asking his uncle what the chances might be; and stating that there was no prospect of an advance from Camp Jefferson, that it was rain, rain, mud, and nothing else, that this, coupled with the dispiriting effect of the routine of camp life in one of the poorest parts of Uncle Samuel's possessions he had seen except on the mountain trip under General [William] Nelson in northeastern Kentucky, was anything but cheering, that the health of the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was better than it had been since they left the mountains, and that there was, however, considerable sickness among the troops including pneumonia, typhoid fever, intermittent and remittent fevers, rheumatism, and some few cases of smallpox.
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January 30, 1862
Augustus H. Coleman, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 11th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Pt. Pleasant, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had learned that Buckingham had in his possession a supply of the "Revised Army Regulations" and "Tactics"; requesting that Buckingham send twenty copies of the former and twenty copies of Volumes 1 and 2 of the latter for the use of the officers of the 11th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that these books were badly needed. Portion of letter missing.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 61]
January 31, 1862
E. Dean, Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter recommending Captain Aquilla Wiley, Company C, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion. Portion of letter missing.
2 pp. [Series 147-28: 211]
January 31, 1862
?, Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter recommending Captain A[quilla] Wiley, Company C, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion. Portion of letter missing.
2 pp. [Series 147-28: 210]
January 31, 1862
?, Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter recommending Captain A[quilla] Wiley, Company C, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion. Portion of letter missing.
1 p. [Series 147-28: 211]
January? 31?, 1862
? To Governor David Tod. Letter recommending Captain A[quilla] Wiley, Company C, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion. Portion of letter missing.
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