February 6, 1862
William P. Richardson, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 25th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Huttonville, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter regarding the Lieutenants in the regiment; and stating that the appointment of [Thomas J.] Janney as 2nd Lieutenant in Company K had caused ill feeling in the regiment, that Janney was not a member of the regiment when appointed, that Janney did not have a military education, was very young, and was totally inexperienced, that he understood that Janney was a clerk in one of the departments at Columbus and that his family resided there, that such appointments from civil life to vacancies in a regiment that had seen service tended to discourage non-commissioned officers and Privates, shutting out their reasonable prospects of promotion should they deserve it by their good conduct and intelligence, that these feelings were shared to a very large extent by the officers of the regiment, that he had already been notified by Lieutenant [Nathaniel] Haughton, one of the best Lieutenants in the service, of his intended resignation whenever Janney joined the company for duty, that it was the strong desire of the officers and men of Company K that 1st Sergeant E[dward] H. Severance should have been appointed and, as his conduct had merited the promotion, Colonel [James A.] Jones recommended him, that it would be much better if it could be arranged to give Janney a position somewhere else, that Colonel Jones was not now in command, and that Jones was absent on account of his health and would be for some time.
3 pp. [Series 147-32: 140]
February 10, 1862
A.O. Mitchell, Major, 44th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Department of Western Virginia. To whom it may concern. Letter stating that Thomas Gwynne was a member of his company in the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), and that during that time, he had ample opportunity to judge of Gwynne's qualifications for, and his ability to fill, a higher position; recommending Gwynne for the position of 2nd Lieutenant in the infantry service; and stating that he believed Gwynne would serve with honor to himself, his regiment, and State. Bears a note from W.J. Flagg stating that Gwynne was now in the 24th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and that his recommendations were excellent.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 41]
February 11, 1862
M.L. Morrow, Senate Chamber, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter presenting a statement of facts in relation to the appointment of a 2nd Lieutenant in Company I, 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and refuting the charges of incapacity and drunkenness brought against his brother, James H. Morrow.
6 pp. [Series 147-32: 8]
February 12, 1862
L[udwell] M. Cunard, 1st Sergeant, et. al., Company E, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Crab Orchard, Kentucky. To Governor David Tod. Letter signed by seventy members of Company E, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; recommending the promotion of 2nd Lieutenant M[ilton] B.W. Harman, late Sergeant Major of the regiment and a member of their company, to be Captain of the company; and stating that they had served with Harman for six months and had the utmost confidence in his courage, patriotism, and military and administrative abilities, that they protested against the promotion of any other man to the command of the company, and that the only promotion which would give entire satisfaction to every member of the company and promote the good of the service and the usefulness of their company was that of Harman.
2 pp. [Series 147-32: 161]
February 12, 1862
Hugh Ewing, Colonel, 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Washington, D.C. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter stating that James Douglas of Chillicothe, son in law of Judge Stillwell of Zanesville, was a member of the 26th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry stationed at Fayette Court House, western Virginia, and that Douglas' patriotism led him to the ranks and his high standing and good conduct merited speedy promotion; and recommending Douglas to the Governor's favorable consideration.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 15]
February 12, 1862
Emanuel Gephart, James Reber, and I.N. Ross, County Military Committee, Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter recommending the appointment of Lieutenant Cyrus A. Earnest to the office of 1st Lieutenant in Company H, 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; stating that Earnest was the 2nd Lieutenant of said company and in every respect deserved promotion; and recommending the appointment of 1st Sergeant Thomas J. Evans to the office of 2nd Lieutenant in said company should Earnest be promoted to the office of 1st Lieutenant.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 13]
February 13, 1862
Hiram W. Floyd, Medina, Medina County, Ohio. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter requesting the commission of a Lieutenant for his son, William H. Floyd; and stating that his son had been in service in western Virginia since July 9, 1861, that his son was in Company H of the 8th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he wished the Governor to understand that all of the Floyds were not traitors to their Country, that he and his son were true Union men, that he was in hopes the unholy rebellion would soon be crushed out, and that should it be necessary, he had one more son who would enlist.
2 pp. [Series 147-32: 173]
February 13, 1862
J.B. Warren, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To the Honorable William J. Flagg. Letter stating that Colonel Jones did him the favor some days ago to mention to Flagg the name of his son, Edmund B. Warren, as a fit and proper person to be appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the volunteer service of the United States, that Edmund entered the service immediately after the fall of Ft. Sumter and had been with the 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry ever since, that Larz Anderson knew Edmund and was acquainted with the manner in which he had performed his duties, and that he begged leave to refer to Anderson; enclosing a recommendation of Edmund signed by Major [Alexander C.] Christopher and Captain [James A.] Andrews; and asking Flagg to interest himself in procuring Edmund an appointment. Bears a note from W.J. Flagg stating that the writer was one of the most esteemed citizens of Cincinnati, and that the recommendations of his son were excellent.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 50]
February 15, 1862
W.S. Nye, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he was requested by his friend, Lieutenant William H. Edgerton of Company B, 39th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to make a representation of his position and to request that it might be considered by the Governor, that Edgerton was 1st Lieutenant of his company and raised in Marietta and vicinity, that it was understood that the War Department had established the same rule in regard to promotions in the volunteer service that prevailed in the regular service, i.e. according to rank, that vacancies in the office of Captain had occurred in Company D, Company G, and Company H, 39th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in that order, and persons in those companies had been elected to fill the vacancies, that Edgerton, being the second ranking 1st Lieutenant in the regiment, claimed that as 1st Lieutenant of Company B, he should have been promoted to the office of Captain of Company G, that Edgerton felt his claims had been overlooked in this matter and desired to have the case brought before Governor David Tod for consideration, that Edgerton had been known to him from childhood, that Edgerton was a young man of undoubted integrity, general intelligence, and good habits, that Edgerton was as well fitted for the place as any young man who had no more experience than the officers of the volunteer service generally, that he was aware that a rigid regard to the rule of the War Department might lead to the promotion of incompetent men, yet when officers of merit were entitled to promotion under the rule, it was discouraging to them to have their claims overlooked, and that while there was no question in his mind that many men held commissions who were unfit for their places, it seemed important to retain those who were men of promise and talents. Bears the endorsement of Douglas Putnam.
2 pp. [Series 147-32: 66]
February 15, 1862
William R. Putnam, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that not being fully aware of the rules adopted for promotion in the army, he hesitated in addressing Buckingham on behalf of Lieutenant William H. Edgerton of the 39th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry who was thought to have been overlooked, that there could not, however, be any impropriety in speaking of Edgerton's qualifications for making a good officer, that Edgerton's principles and habits were good, that he had seen Edgerton acting in a military capacity, and that, in comparison with others, Edgerton excelled a large majority for promptness and quick perception of duty.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 68]
February 17, 1862
J. Allen, et. al., Delaware, Delaware County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter signed by seventeen citizens of Delaware County, Ohio; recommending Joseph Bogan of Delaware County, now 2nd Sergeant in Company E, 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to Tod's favorable consideration; and stating that Bogan had been in the service since April 1861, and had served in the Mexican War for fourteen months, that Bogan was a worthy applicant for the office of 1st Lieutenant in the 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry or some other regiment, and that they felt confident this was an appointment eminently fit to be made and that said appointment would well subserve the interest of the service. Bears an endorsement.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 17]
February 17, 1862
R.C. Lemmon, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that as a member of the District Military Committee for the 5th Congressional District, he was requested to write Tod a few lines in reference to the officering of the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and that it was understood that Lieutenant Colonel I.N. Hathaway of the 57th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was an applicant for the position of Colonel of the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in case of vacancy by resignation or removal of Colonel [Otto] Burstenbinder; calling Tod's attention to the papers on file requesting Burstenbinder's transfer from the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and which consisted of reports from the Military Committee of Lucas County and the District Military Committee plus several memorials from leading citizens of Toledo (Hathaway's place of residence); and stating that so far as he knew, nothing had occurred since the action of said committees and the forwarding of said memorials that in any manner changed the desires or impressions of the citizens of the district in regard to Hathaway.
2 pp. [Series 147-32: 2]
February 18, 1862
M.S. Douglas. To General G[eorge] B. Wright. Letter enclosing a letter of recommendation from Colonel [Hugh] Ewing of the 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for James Douglas of the 26th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and asking if Wright thought there was any chance of James Douglas obtaining an appointment and if there was anything more they could do to hasten it.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 15]
February 19, 1862
C[yrus W.] Grant, Lieutenant Colonel, et. al., 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Lebanon, Kentucky. To Governor David Tod. Letter signed by eight officers of the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and recommending Captain E[lias] S. Nigh as worthy of the appointment of Colonel in any regiment.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 1591/2]
February 21, 1862
Moses H. Crowell, Captain, Company E, 25th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Elkwater, Western Virginia. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that there was a vacancy of 2nd Lieutenant in Company E, 25th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry caused by the promotion of Lieutenant Benjamin F. Hawkes to Lieutenant Colonel of the 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; requesting that Tod appoint and commission Sergeant George N. Holcomb of Company E, 25th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to fill the vacancy; and stating that Holcomb was competent and well qualified, and that Holcomb's cool daring bravery displayed during three general engagements (Greenbrier, Camp Baldwin, and Huntersville) should entitle him to Tod's favorable consideration. Bears the approval of William P. Richardson, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 139]
February 21, 1862
George Hardesty, Malvern, Carroll County, Ohio. To the Honorable George Harsh, [Ohio Senate]. Letter stating that Theopolis Paessler, a very worthy young man of Malvern and currently a Sergeant in Company I, 30th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, had been recommended by his company for the office of 2nd Lieutenant now vacant by promotion; asking Harsh to call upon the Governor and use his influence to secure Paessler's appointment; and stating that this would not only confer a favor on a worthy young man who was entirely competent and had served for seven months, but would gratify his widowed mother and two amiable sisters. Bears Harsh's endorsement dated February 24, 1862.
2 pp. [Series 147-32: 10]
[February 21?, 1862]
R[utherford] B. Hayes, Lieutenant Colonel, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. To Whom It May Concern. Letter certifying that William A. Saunders, a Private in Company I, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was a true and brave soldier, that Saunders was sober and steady, that Saunders was qualified to fill a higher station than he now filled, and that Saunders had been offered offices in his company, but had steadily refused saying he would serve his country as well a Private as he could a non-commissioned officer; and recommending Saunders.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 151]
February 21, 1862
William A. Saunders, Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter enclosing a recommendation from R[utherford] B. Hayes, Lieutenant Colonel, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry which he was forwarding to Tod for consideration; requesting that Tod peruse it and do for him the best he could; and stating that he would remain at Alfred, Allegany County, New York on furlough until March 6, at which time he would return to Company I, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry which was camped at Fayetteville, Fayette County, Virginia.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 150]
February 22, 1862
M[ilton] B.W. Harman, Lieutenant, Commanding Company E, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Rock Cliff, near Bardstown, Kentucky. To the Honorable James R. Hubbell. Letter stating that as soon after his return from the South as his business would permit, he joined the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry as Drill Master of the regiment with the rank of Sergeant Major, that soon after their arrival in Kentucky, he was enrolled as one of Brigadier General [George H.] Thomas' scouts, that upon Thomas' promotion, their regiment was placed in General [Albin F.] Schoepf's brigade and he was enrolled as one of Schoepf's scouts, that how efficient he had been, his Generals could best tell, that he had been in four of the rebel camps and had been in six picket fights, that he participated in the late fight with [Felix K.] Zollicoffer, having been one of the first to scale his entrenchments, that he had twice received the thanks of Schoepf for services rendered and was promised promotion, that upon the death of Captain [David C.] Rose of Company E, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he was unanimously elected by the company to fill the vacancy, that he was recommended to Governor [David] Tod by Colonel [Moses B.] Walker, Lieutenant Colonel Fred C. Jones, and Major [Frederick W.] Lister of the regiment as not only deserving the appointment, but as being capable of filling any position in the regiment, that Tod, setting aside the nomination of Colonel Walker, gave him a 2nd Lieutenancy and promoted Samuel Lyons, the senior 1st Lieutenant of the regiment, to be Captain of Company E, that owing to sickness, Lyons had only been able to serve with his company for ten days since he was mustered into service, that Lyons, knowing his own lack of qualifications to perform the duties required in the position of Captain, had returned the commission, that the 1st Lieutenant of Company B was promoted to the command of Company G, but from the same cause had refused to accept his commission, that there were now two Captaincies vacant, that Colonel Walker was again going to nominate him for one of the vacancies, that he confessed only slight hopes of success, that Tod seemed bound to stick to the regular system of promotion, regardless of the nominations of commanding officers in the field and regardless of the qualifications of those whom he promoted, that Tod's promotions, or the two who had just returned their commissions, gave dissatisfaction to both officers and men, that Tod had varied once from the rule by promoting an Adjutant to be Major of one of the Ohio regiments and having swerved once, why not again, that he wished to engage Hubbell's kind offices in this matter, that the company he was nominated to command was partly raised in Cardington, but mostly, through his exertions, in Delaware County, that in procuring him the commission, Hubbell would simply be doing the Delaware County boys the justice of letting them have an officer from their own county for whom the company had already expressed a unanimous preference, that he hoped to hear from Hubbell soon, and that he also hoped that the darkest hour in their country's peril was past and that the bright sunshine of peace would soon again illuminate their once happy and united country.
3 pp. [Series 147-32: 164]
February 24, 1862
Jno. McCurdy, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Union, Fayette Court House, Virginia. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that his friend, Lieutenant [Abraham A.] Hunter, who was the senior in their regiment and whose case he understood Tod was about to consider in filling the vacancies, was a gentleman with whom he had been intimately acquainted since entering the service, that he could recommend Hunter to Tod with the greatest confidence as a temperate, industrious, and reliable officer, that Hunter's knowledge of military matters had rendered him very useful, that Hunter had been on detached duty the greater part of the campaign, ranging from the Commissary Department to the position of Brigade Assistant Acting Adjutant General which he now filled, that Hunter was in the British service for some years and in its Commissary Department during the Crimean War, and that the regiment had always considered Hunter one of the best, if not the best, qualified officers it possessed.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 148]
February 24, 1862
M[oses] B. Walker, Colonel, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp near Bardstown, Kentucky. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that there were two Captaincies yet vacant in the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that he again nominated Lieutenant M[ilton] B.W. Harman who he believed to be one of the most skillful and best officers in the regiment, in every way qualified, and deserving, that Harman was a great favorite with the members of Company E, that this was the company formerly commanded by Captain David C. Rose, that it had been a somewhat troublesome company to manage, and that he knew of no man in the regiment who had a better chance of success than Harman. Written in the hand of E[dward] C. D[enig], Adjutant.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 162]
February 24, 1862
M[oses] B. Walker, Colonel, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Rock Cliff, near Bardstown, Kentucky. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the office of Quartermaster had been vacant in the 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for a number of weeks, Lieutenant H[enry] S. Babbitt having been promoted, and that the name of Charles Babbitt was forwarded with a recommendation that Buckingham appoint him a Lieutenant in the service in order that he might fill the place. Written in the hand of E[dward] C. Denig, Adjutant.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 168]
February 28, 1862
James H. Cole, Captain, Company D, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Andrew Jackson, near Nashville, Tennessee. To Governor David Tod. Letter recommending 1st Sergeant Lloyd Fisher, Company D, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion; and stating that Fisher had enlisted as a Private in Company C, 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) and served honestly and faithfully until the regiment was regularly mustered out of service on account of the expiration of the term of enlistment, that on September 27, 1861, Fisher re-enlisted in Company D, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and held the position of 1st Sergeant, discharging each and every duty to his entire satisfaction, and that he believed Fisher competent to discharge the duties of a 2nd Lieutenant. Bears the approval of W[illiam] B. Hazen, Colonel, 41st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 62]
February 28, 1862
R[utherford] B. Hayes, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Union, Fayetteville, [Virginia]. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter recommending certain promotions.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 145]
March 1, 1862
John Lidey, Perry County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he had received a letter from his son, John W. Lidey, who was the Orderly Sergeant of Company G, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry now in service in Kentucky, that his son informed him that the 2nd Lieutenant's place was vacant in said company, that said company held an election and his son got the unanimous vote for the appointment which must be made by the Governor, that his son helped to raise the company and spent considerable time and some means for that purpose, that his son had served three months in Virginia during the previous summer, and that if Tod could give his son the appointment, it would confer a favor.
2 pp. [Series 147-32: 173]
March 4, 1862
W[illiam] S. Rice, 1st Lieutenant, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Union, Fayetteville, Virginia. To Colonel Young. Letter stating that there was an order issued a short time ago by the Adjutant General for vacancies to be filled by a regular line of promotion, that this was not being done in their regiment, that there was now a vacancy of Captain and another had handed in his resignation, but it had not been accepted yet, that there was only one 1st Lieutenant senior to him in the regiment, that by his right, if there were two vacancies, he should have one, that he had reason to believe he would get no recommendation from their Colonel [E. Parker Scammon], that the Colonel was no particular friend to him and never had been, that he had always done his duty and thought he was as capable of commanding a company as any other who might be put in over him, and that he would be greatly obliged if Young could do anything for him.
2 pp. [Series 147-32: 154]
March 10, 1862
Thomas M. McClure, Captain, Company K, 24th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp Andrew Jackson, near Nashville, Tennessee. To Mrs. Cox. Letter stating that Cox's letter dated February 10 came to hand the previous week and the contents were noted, that Cox's husband would be promoted when the first opportunity offered, that Cox might well be proud of her husband for he was a gentleman and as good a man as there was in the regiments, that his power to promote, however, was limited, extending only to Corporals and Sergeants, that if Cox had influential friends at home and could engage their influence with the Governor, she would be more likely to succeed in getting an appointment as 2nd Lieutenant for her husband, that his influence at Columbus was of no account being only a Captain, and that he would do the best he could for her husband.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 34]
March 11, 1862
A[lbert] S. Hall, Major Commanding, 24th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Andrew Jackson, Tennessee. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that Thomas Gwynne, a Private in Company A, had demonstrated soldierly bearing and uprightness since October 1861, when able for duty, that Gwynne had, however, been so unfortunate as to be on the sick list fully half the time, that of Gwynne's active qualifications, he had but little opportunity to judge, that Gwynne possessed the educational qualifications to make a good Lieutenant, and that it would not be his intention to recommend Gwynne for promotion to existing vacancies in the regiment as they had equally well qualified Sergeants who had borne the brunt of the Virginia campaign.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 40]
March 11, 1862
M[oses] B. Walker, Colonel, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, et. al., Headquarters, Camp Thomas, near Nashville, Tennessee. To Governor David Tod. Letter signed by five officers; recommending Charles Babbitt, Quartermaster Sergeant, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and James J. Donohoe, Commissary Sergeant, 31st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion as Lieutenants in said regiment; and stating that Babbitt and Donohoe had been uniformly attentive to their duties in which they were thorough and efficient, that Babbitt and Donohoe were qualified for promotion in the line to which they were also entitled by virtue of rank, and that they trusted the appointments would be made without delay. Bears the approval and recommendation of George H. Thomas, Brigadier General U.S. Volunteers, Commanding 1st Division.
1 p. [Series 147-32: 167]
March 12, 1862
William H. Campbell, [13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry], Camp Andrew Jackson, near Nashville, Tennessee. To Benjamin Stanton, Lieutenant Governor, State of Ohio. Letter thanking Stanton for using personal influence to assist him in his quest for a promotion; and stating that Stanton's recommendation to the Governor would no doubt secure him the promotion so ardently wished for, that by right of seniority in rank, he should fill one of the vacant 2nd Lieutenancies, and that everything indicated a move onward in a few days. Bears a forwarding note from Stanton.
2 pp. [Series 147-32: 31]