April 24, 1862
James Cantwell, Colonel, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Moorefield, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that sometime in February, a communication was sent to Buckingham in relation to the commission of William D.W. Mitchell as 1st Lieutenant in the 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that said communication was referred to him and he immediately wrote Buckingham strongly urging the issuing of Mitchell's commission, that since that time, he had not heard from Buckingham, that Mitchell was one of the most efficient officers in the regiment and if not commissioned, it would be a great loss to the public service, that he hoped Buckingham would forward Mitchell's commission immediately, and that their Chaplain, Reverend H.B. Fry, had not received his commission; and requesting that Fry's commission be forwarded as soon as convenient.
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April 24, 1862
W.S. Groesbeck, et. al., Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter signed by ten senators and representatives from Hamilton County; recommending 1st Lieutenant Milton T. Williamson of Company C, 72nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion; and stating that Williamson had qualified himself for any position in a regiment, that in proof thereof, they would respectfully refer to papers heretofore presented to Governor [William] Dennison in Williamson's behalf, that Williamson held the rank of Captain in the 52nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but in reorganizing the Ohio regiments, he was transferred to the 72nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Williamson had since been engaged in the field and participated in the recent battle of Pittsburgh [Shiloh], that Williamson was a careful, sober, and vigilant officer, and that they recommended Williamson's promotion to the vacancy of the Lieutenant Colonelcy of the 72nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but if inconsistent with the service, to any position above that of 1st Lieutenant.
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April 24, 1862
J[ohn] W. Sprague, Colonel, 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp near Hamburg, Tennessee. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter regarding the appointment of Louis Smith versus Silas Thurlow as Lieutenant in Company F; and stating that Smith was vastly superior to Thurlow as an officer.
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April 25, 1862
George H. Purdy, Captain, Company I, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, near Moorefield, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that the greatest anxiety and dissatisfaction prevailed in the 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that their regiment was formed of companies from nine different counties and all of their field and staff officers, except Quartermaster, were from Hardin County, that the resignation of Lieutenant Colonel [Bradford R.] Durfee left a vacancy, that Adjutant [Alexander S.] Ramsey and Captain D[avid] Thompson of Company A were both from Kenton and were making a great effort for the promotion to Major, that if either was promoted, then they would have their Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, Major, 1st Surgeon, 2nd Surgeon, Quartermaster Sergeant, Commissary Sergeant, and Sutler all from Kenton, that their Colonel had given satisfaction when present, except that there had been no restraint thrown on other officers while their course with that of the Sutlers gave the greatest dissatisfaction among the men and company commanders, that Captain Thompson was said to be a partner with the Sutler, that whether this was true or not, he could not say, that the interest Thompson had taken, or seemed to have taken, regarding the Sutler had caused him to at least be suspect, that Thompson was ignorant of the drill and had never been in the service previous to the organization of the 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Thompson was very unpopular and his promotion would greatly increase the discontent, that the promotion of any Captain in the regiment would satisfy the men and company officers better than that of Thompson, that he did not write asking promotion for himself unless Buckingham decided to give it, whereupon it would be accepted with great pleasure, and that he only wrote to ask Buckingham to pause long enough to inform himself well and then promote the man most worthy; and providing references.
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April 28, 1862
Thomas J. Kenny, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that [John S.] Fulton, 1st Lieutenant of Company K, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, was dead, that from information received, he felt authorized to say that the appointment of W.W. Brown to the position of 2nd Lieutenant in said company would not only meet with approval of the field officers of said regiment, but also of Captain D[avid] S. Sampsel, and that he was personally acquainted with Brown and knew him to be well qualified for the position he sought.
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April 28, 1862
D[avid] S. Sampsel, [Captain, Company K], 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Petersburgh, Virginia. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that in consequence of the death of 1st Lieutenant J[ohn] S. Fulton of Company K, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, it would be necessary to appoint someone to fill the vacancy, that he had already signed a recommendation for F[rancis] S. Jacobs' promotion to a 1st Lieutenancy and hoped it would be consummated, that in regular order, J[ames] J. Beer, the Orderly of Company K, would be entitled to a promotion to the 2nd Lieutenancy, that should the vote of the entire company be consulted, Beer would receive the vote and he confessed this was his choice in settling all questions, that in this case, however, he was of the opinion that the true interests of the company and service would call for a deviation from what he had always claimed in civil life, that Tod already had a recommendation from Colonel [James] Cantwell, Major [James S.] Robinson, and 2nd Lieutenant F[rancis] S. Jacobs, that Tod would have had his recommendation to the same effect only they acted without waiting for him to move in the matter, that the right to have a voice in the selection of a 2nd Lieutenant should not be interfered with, that a Captain was responsible for the character and efficiency of his company, that he had a son who was 17 years of age and in Company H of the 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that what he desired was to affect his son's transfer to his company for reasons that would readily suggest themselves to any father with a boy of such tender age who was away from under his influence and protection, that he did not desire to take his son from the Government and service, but only to have his son with him, that he had made application in the regular army, but an order had been issued prohibiting any transfer, that as the vacancy had occurred in his own company, he desired to have his son appointed and by promotion allowed to join him, that if Tod should decide this was out of the question, then he would recommend the appointment of W[illiam] W. Brown, that Brown had age, experience, and physical capacity to endure any amount of hardships, that Orderly J[ames] J. Beer possessed all these qualifications except age and experience, that Beer was too boyish to command the respect and obedience of the men to the extent a Lieutenant should and his judgement was not fully matured, that he was therefore disposed to advise the appointment of Brown, that should Tod require the vote of the company, he would cheerfully have it taken and the result forwarded, that he had four men of age, ability, and every qualification necessary to make a good Lieutenant and cared but little which of them was appointed if Tod required an election, that his son's name was J.B.F. Sampsell, Jr. should Tod decide to assist in getting him into Company K, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that his son's Colonel and Captain gave him the honor of being one of the best soldiers in the 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and that he did not wish any pay for his son, but only the change.
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April 30, 1862
D[avid] Thomson, Captain, Company A, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp Durfee, Moorefield, Virginia. To Governor David Tod. Letter recommending the appointment of Sergeant Major William Cessna as 2nd Lieutenant in Company A, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to fill the vacancy in said company; and stating that Cessna was formerly a member of Company A prior to his appointment as Sergeant Major, that Cessna was the oldest Sergeant in the regiment, and that from the highly satisfactory manner in which Cessna discharged the duties of his present position, they took special pleasure in recommending him for promotion.
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May 1, 1862
Delafield DuBois, Major, 62nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near New Market, Virginia. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that for the third time, he was requesting an answer as to the case of H[enry] S. Williams, that Williams was mustered in as 2nd Lieutenant, that Williams raised twenty-seven men and brought his men to Camp Goddard, Zanesville, Ohio, the greatest part of the regiment having left under Buckingham's orders for Marietta, that Williams asked leave of absence to recruit which he felt obliged to refuse, though their regiment was not organized at the time, that Williams therefore remained, that with the return of their men from Marietta came orders to consolidate, that this was done and by an agreement between other officers, none of whom had recruited as many men as Williams, he was defeated in the election held, that Williams could have filled up his company enough to entitle him to the office of 2nd Lieutenant if not 1st Lieutenant, that others, however, by consolidating their squads, were elected officers and Williams was thrown out, and that Williams was then made Sergeant Major, which position he now held; asking if Williams was not entitled to a commission as a Lieutenant, not so much on account of his services in recruiting as under his muster as a 2nd Lieutenant; and stating that Williams was one of the best drill officers they had, always active and ready in any service and worthy of promotion, that as he felt in some measure the cause of Williams' failure to obtain a commission, he trusted Buckingham would excuse his again writing on the subject, that they had, or probably would have, a vacancy in their regiment for a Lieutenant, that under Buckingham's General Order No. 3, he supposed Williams was entitled to be promoted, that he would ask a letter from Buckingham's office stating Williams' rights under the above statement of facts, and that he feared his letters from Zanesville and Patterson's Creek may have miscarried.
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May 1, 1862
M[ortimer] D. Leggett, Colonel, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Field of Shiloh. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that Captain E.H. Talley of Company D, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry died at Savannah on April 4, leaving a vacancy in that company, that to fill said vacancy, he would recommend the appointment of 2nd Lieutenant William S. Harlan of Company D, that his reasons for nominating Harlan instead of 1st Lieutenant Benjamin Blandy were that Harlan was better qualified for the post, Blandy had been home on sick leave for over a month and was still sick, Harlan led his company during the battle of April 7, behaved with great courage and coolness, and won the entire confidence of all his men, and Harlan was the unanimous choice of the company as their Captain, that Harlan's commission should be made to date from the death of Talley, and that Harlan had sole command of the company for nearly a month before Talley's death.
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May 1, 1862
M[ortimer] D. Leggett, Colonel, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Field of Shiloh. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter nominating 1st Sergeant Israel C. Robinson, Company A, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry as 2nd Lieutenant in Company D, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, provided 2nd Lieutenant [William S.] Harlan was promoted; and stating that Robinson was eminently fitted for the position of 2nd Lieutenant, that Robinson was the unanimous choice of Company D for said position, that all the Sergeants of said company had requested him to secure Robinson's appointment, that on the morning of April 7, just before entering the bloody conflict of that day, he detailed Robinson to act as Lieutenant in Company D, that Robinson did so during the day and on several occasions conducted himself with so much valor, while under most scathing fires, as to attract the attention and praise of all who saw, even the Major General commanding their division, that Robinson would make one of the best officers in their regiment, and that it was hoped Robinson's commission might be made to date from April 7, for he had filled the post since then.
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May 1, 1862
B[enjamin] Stanton, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter calling Tod's attention to the conversation he had with him in relation to the appointment of Major [Benjamin P.] Runkle, now of the 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as Colonel of one of the regiments that was practically disorganized at the battle of Shiloh; and stating that he had mentioned the 53rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the 71st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that it was certain these regiments would never render any service under their present officers and that they ought to be reorganized or disbanded, that since the late battle, neither Colonel [Rodney] Mason nor Major [George W.] Andrews had the confidence of the 71st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the men would never fight under their command, that the company officers were all destitute of experience and did not aspire to the command of the regiment, that J[ames] H. Hart, the Adjutant, was vastly the best man in the regiment and exhibited more courage and capacity than any other, that all Hart asked was to be made Major, that it was necessary in order to give the men confidence in themselves and their officers that they should have a Colonel who had seen service and fairly worn his eagles in battle, that [Benjamin P.] Runkle was born and raised in Logan County, studied law in Clark County, and now resided in Champaign County, that the 71st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was made up to some extent in Clark County and Champaign County where Runkle was well known, that he would be responsible for Runkle's acceptability to the officers and men of the 71st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Runkle was a graduate of Oxford University, a lawyer and a gentleman of fine intelligence and "unexceptionable" character, and about 26 years old, that Runkle had been in the service from the fall of Fort Sumter and was in the battles of Carnifex Ferry, McCoy's Mill, and lastly at Shiloh where a canister shot went through his jaw, taking out his teeth and shattering his face, that a spent cannon ball mashed Runkle's big toe and one foot, that a ball which was not spent took the heel off of Runkle's other boot, another took away the scabbard of his sword from his side, and still another passed through his cap, that he did not believe Tod could make an appointment of Colonel for the 71st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry which was more richly earned or that would give more vigor, energy, and character to the regiment than that of Runkle, and that Runkle said if he was made Colonel of the 71st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he would guarantee it to stand fire anywhere in sixty days.
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May 1, 1862
S[amuel] H. Steedman, Colonel, 68th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter recommending various promotions.
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May 2, 1862
C[harles] G. Harker, Colonel, 65th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Field of Shiloh. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter recommending various promotions and appointments in the 65th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
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May 2, 1862
C[harles] G. Harker, Colonel, 65th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp on Battle Field of Shiloh, near Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee. Letter recommending that William H. Massey, late Sergeant Major of the 64th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, be appointed 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 65th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that the appointment of an Adjutant from another regiment might require an explanation, that Massey originally belonged to the 65th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was transferred to the 64th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in order that he might receive the appointment of Sergeant Major of that regiment, that Massey had filled his position with great credit to himself and had shown qualities worthy of a higher position, and that as he had no officer below the rank of Captain or non-commissioned officer so capable in every respect to fill the position of Adjutant as Massey, he requested that his appointment be confirmed to date from May 1.
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May 2, 1862
M[ortimer] D. Leggett, Colonel, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Field of Shiloh, Tennessee. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that 1st Lieutenant [John F.] Grimes of Company H, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had resigned and his resignation was accepted by General [Henry] Halleck on April 20; recommending that 2nd Lieutenant John Orr of Company H be promoted to 1st Lieutenant of said company; stating that Orr had shown himself worthy of the entire confidence of all his officers and men on the battlefield on April 7; and suggesting that Orr's promotion be made to date from April 20.
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May 2, 1862
M[ortimer] D. Leggett, Colonel, 78th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Field of Shiloh, Tennessee. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that if 2nd Lieutenant John Orr was promoted as he had recommended, he would then recommend that Sergeant William A. Dodds of Company H be promoted to 2nd Lieutenant of Company H, and that on no less than four different occasions in the field and while under fire, Dodds had shown himself highly worthy of this favor.
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May 4, 1862
L[ucien] B. Eaton, 1st Lieutenant, Company I, 65th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Corinth, Mississippi. To the Governor of Ohio. Letter stating that the appointment of a stranger, a certain Sergeant Major [William H.] Massey, to the position of Adjutant was thought to be directly contrary to the Governor's order in reference to filling vacancies, namely that vacancies should be filled from the regiment in which they occurred and according to seniority of commission, that said appointment was also contrary to the army regulations which declared without condition that the Colonel should appoint his Adjutant from the subalterns (the Lieutenants) of his own regiment and which also provided that no transfers should be made from one regiment to another to the detriment of the previous rank of any officers, that a protest signed by all but one of the commissioned officers present was given to Colonel [Charles G.] Harker, that Harker summoned the officers to his quarters and told them that they had no more to do with the election of his Adjutant than with that of his "nigger" servant and that they were at perfect liberty to present the matter to the Governor, that it was thought that the appointment of Sergeant [Asa M.] Trimble to the position of Quartermaster was hardly in accordance with the Governor's orders, but it was not considered so objectionable as Trimble was competent and of their own regiment, that his letter was written within a few miles of the enemy's lines and in the expectation of being called upon at once to advance against them, that they would do their duty, but felt aggrieved and disheartened when the proper rewards of their valor and discharge of duty were given to strangers to their regiment, and that they were assured the Governor would approve of no wrong and would see that his orders were not interfered with by a freak or an assumption of authority.
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May 4, 1862
S.S. Wells, Camp Shiloh, Tennessee. To [George B.] Smythe. Letter stating that he was barely able to sit up to write his note, but he was getting worse every day and he must write soon if ever, that he forwarded his resignation to headquarters the other day and it was returned disapproved, that he did not know why, that he could not be able for duty in such a climate, that he had not told Hattie anything about his illness for he had hoped he would get better, but he found it was no go, that he wished Smythe would use his influence with the Governor to procure his discharge, that he thought it might be done, that enclosed he sent his resignation as it was returned to him, that if it had not been for General [Ulysses S.] Grant, the resignation would have went through, that if Smythe would see the Governor and arrange matters so he could come home, he would not have thanks enough to express his gratitude, that he had chronic diarrhea beside a severe fever, and that their doctors would not give him a certificate because they said he would be well before long, but he knew he never could be well in that God forsaken country.
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May 7, 1862
Thomas M. Ward, Late 1st Lieutenant, 14th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service), Ottokee, Fulton County, Ohio. To Adjutant General Charles W. Hill. Letter stating that Hill knew the way in which he was treated by the Colonel of the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that after the regiment arrived at Columbus, he was appointed to a position therein as Lieutenant, that while dispatched to Toledo on business expressly for the regiment, he was ousted from his position to make room for a "stupid" Dutchman who had never done anything towards recruiting for the regiment, that he did not ask for redress in the premises nor seek to be reinstated, but asked for one favor, that he wished to have the position of messenger or any berth at Hill's disposal, that he cared not how humble the position so long as it was honorable, and that he wished to have an opportunity to serve his country.
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May 8, 1862
John Cassil, Captain, Company F, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near New Market, Virginia. To Governor David Tod. Letter certifying that the members of Company F, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry held an election for 2nd Lieutenant to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of James O. Carter, and that John N. Rathbun received 53 votes and their recommendation; and stating that he endorsed the recommendation and urged Rathbun's appointment to said office, that Rathbun had served honestly and faithfully as Orderly Sergeant of said company from its organization in December 1861 until the present time, and that Rathbun was in the regular line of promotion. Also bears the signature of L[emuel] W. Smith, 1st Lieutenant, Company F, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Together with a note from C[harles] E. Fulton, Captain, Company A, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; stating that he had been intimately acquainted with Orderly Sergeant Rathbun since the organization of the regiment, and that it gave him pleasure to recommend Rathbun as a worthy person for the post of 2nd Lieutenant in Company F. Also signed by Eugene Powell, Major, and J[ames] H. Dye, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 66th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
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May 8, 1862
Hugh Shiels, 2nd Lieutenant, Company E, 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Strasburg, Virginia. To Adjutant General Charles W. Hill. Letter stating that he learned from hints around camp and dubious looks that Lieutenant Colonel A[lvin] C. Voris, commanding the 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the action near Winchester, Virginia on March 23, had made certain comments in a report to the Governor of Ohio to the effect that he was not satisfied with Shiels' conduct on that occasion; requesting that if said document was regarded as public among the archives of the State, that he be furnished with a copy; and stating that he had been informed by his regimental commander that the report alluded to was strictly a private letter and that the officers on whom reflections were cast had resigned, and that Hill would oblige him and subserve the cause of justice by complying with his request.
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May 12, 1862
Ellen O'Connor, Crestline, Crawford County, Ohio. To Sir. Letter stating that since her husband enlisted in the army, there was nobody to look after her and their children, that since her husband left, she was getting 50 cents worth of flour per week and nothing else so she was badly off, that she hoped the addressee would look to her case, and that her husband had enlisted in the 64th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Bears a note from W[illiam] Dennison dated May 16; asking that Adjutant General [Charles W.] Hill answer the letter.
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May 12, 1862
J[ohn] W. Sprague, Colonel, 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp near Farmington, Mississippi. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he had not yet received commissions for officers of his regiment and begged that they might be forwarded to him at once, that if it could be done without injustice, he hoped Captain C.E. Smith and Captain F.W. Fouts would appear as senior Captains, that this would give his best Captains and companies the flanks, and that he also renewed his request that Louis Schmidt might be commissioned as 1st Lieutenant and the commission for Silas Thurlow withheld; requesting that the commission be forwarded for Holly Skinner as 1st Lieutenant; and stating that Skinner had been acting Regimental Quartermaster since April 1. Bears a pencilled note stating that Fouts and Smith could not be senior, and that Fouts was 3rd and Smith was 4th.
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May 12, 1862
J[ohn] W. Sprague, Colonel, 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp near Farmington, Mississippi. To Brigadier General Daniel Tyler, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Mississippi. Letter stating that the resignation of 2nd Lieutenant J[ohn] M. Wisehart, Company K, 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry having been tendered and accepted, he recommended the promotion of 1st Sergeant Silas W. Cunningham to fill the vacancy to date from May 1.
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May 13, 1862
W.N. Ramey, Keokuk, Iowa. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that he started three weeks ago on the hunt for his son who was wounded at Pittsburgh Landing [Shiloh] on April 6, that after spending one week and a vast amount of money, he found his son in hospital almost dead, that between the wound and diarrhea, his son was given up for dead, that he went to work and with constant nursing day and night, his son was now able to walk across the room, that his son could travel on a boat without any danger to him, that he was a farmer and had a large family depending on him for support, and that the time for planting was passing by; asking if he could take his son forthwith, if Buckingham would give him a furlough for his boy and pass home; and stating that his son was John Ramey, Company A, 70th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and that they wanted to be in their own state.
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May 14, 1862
S.L. Hoge, Lieutenant, Company A, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, In Camp near Franklin. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he understood that Captain D[avid] Thomson had been promoted to Major of the 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and that their Quartermaster had been promoted to the Captaincy, that Company A was very much disappointed in his not being made Captain, that he recruited about two-thirds of the company and they wanted him to remain with them, that he had the honor of leading them in battle where they did honor to their glorious old state, that they kept their position in front of the enemy's fire for more than three hours, and that he hoped Tod would have justice done him.
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May 14, 1862
J[ohn] W. Sprague, Colonel, 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp near Farmington, Mississippi. To Brigadier General Daniel Tyler, Commanding 1st Brigade. Letter stating that the facts were as stated by Lieutenant Lewis L. Grubb; and recommending the acceptance of Grubb's resignation, and the promotion of Orderly Sergeant Richard B. Cheatham to fill the vacancy. Bears forwarding notes from D[avid] S. Stanley, Brigadier General, John Pope, Major General, and J.C. Kelton, Assistant Adjutant General (by order of Major General [Henry] Halleck).
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May 15, 1862
George B. Smythe, Newark, Licking County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter enclosing a letter from his nephew, S.S. Wells of the army, together with his nephew's attempted resignation on account of ill health and the certificate of Dr. [J.N.] Wilson; stating that he thought if his nephew could be permitted to return home for a short time on furlough, it would restore his health and be better for him than his discharge; and asking Tod to address General [Henry W.] Halleck with reference to his nephew's furlough.
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May 16, 1862
James Cantwell, Colonel, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Mountain Department, Headquarters, Camp Franklin, Virginia. To Adjutant General L[orenzo] Thomas, [Washington]. Letter stating that William D.W. Mitchell was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in June 1861, that on November 6, 1861, in consequence of private business engagements at home, Mitchell resigned, that on December 20, 1861, Mitchell was elected 1st Lieutenant in Company H, 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that in consequence of Mitchell's resignation, the Governor could not re-commission him without an order to that effect from Thomas' department, that Mitchell was one of the most efficient as well as gallant officers in the regiment, that in the recent engagement at McDowell, Mitchell acted most bravely, and that if Thomas' department authorized the Governor of Ohio to commission Mitchell as 1st Lieutenant in the 82nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, it would promote the public service and enable him to retain the services of one of the best officers in the regiment. Bears a forwarding note from Robert C. Schenck, Brigadier General. Also bears a note dated May 21, 1862, from George D. Ruggles, Assistant Adjutant General; returning the letter to Cantwell; and stating that permission was granted for Mitchell to re-enter the U.S. service if duly commissioned by the Governor of Ohio. Also bears a note dated June 5, 1862, from Cantwell; forwarding the letter to the Adjutant General of Ohio with the request that the Governor of Ohio issue a 1st Lieutenant's commission to Mitchell to take effect from December 20, 1861.
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May 17, 1862
S.O. Griswold, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that the Captain of Company G, 67th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had died and his body had been brought home that day, that he desired to call Tod's attention towards filling the vacancy and, if consistent with the public service, he was anxious that 2nd Lieutenant George Emerson should be promoted to the place, that Emerson was entitled to the place of 1st Lieutenant in the organization, the 1st Lieutenant not having enlisted as many men, that in some hitch of the consolidation, Emerson only got the second place, that he had known Emerson from a boy, that Emerson had been a pupil of his when he was a school teacher, that Emerson was a Private in the 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry (three months' service) and was in every way sound, that Company G was enlisted in the neighborhood where Emerson came from (Parma Township and Brooklyn Township), that he understood that Emerson had command of the company most of the time since the regiment went into service, that he felt a good interest in Emerson, and that knowing Emerson to be both brave and worthy, he most earnestly wished Emerson could get the place.
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