June 20, 1862
P. Hitchcock, Burton, Geauga County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he was not anticipating any call and had since made such arrangements as to make it very difficult for him to leave home unless necessity required, and that he was therefore compelled to decline the appointment.
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June 21, 1862
J.F. Lukens, Camp Chase, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that when the call was made for recruits for three months, a citizen of Noble County commenced raising men for the army, that more than forty recruits were raised and retained until after June 10, when recruiting was closed, that the recruiting officer said that he would not come to camp without enough men to make him Captain, that there were now only three or four boys at Camp Chase from Noble County, that he had word direct from Noble County within thirty hours, that the boys wanted to enlist, and that they were now informed that more recruits were wanted to fill the 87th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; asking if he could receive a recruiting order at that late day to raise men in Noble County; and stating that he was from home when the call was made and immediately responded, and was now a high Private, that he could bring testimony from the commissioned officers of his own company as to his previous military advantages and acquirements, and that if prudent, he wished a recruiting order granted and an answer that evening.
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June 21, 
J.L. Kirby Smith, Colonel, 43rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp on Clear Creek, Mississippi. To Adjutant General Charles W. Hill. Letter regarding various resignations in the regiment; recommending promotions to fill the vacancies; and stating that Assistant Surgeon Hall had never reported though his services were and had been much needed, that if Hall had no orders to join the regiment, he should receive them, that if Hall was a person likely to be absent from his regiment for two months without leave, he should be replaced by some officer of a different character, that except in point of health, the regiment (or what there was of it present) was as well as could be wished, that he regretted to say that there were a terrible number of absentees, many of whom he knew were in Ohio and well, that he was much pleased to see Hill's order directing soldiers where to report to get transportation to their regiments, that many of those concerned would not avail themselves of this or any opportunity to get to their regiments because they preferred to stay where they were, that if Hill could start the stragglers and skulkers, he wished him to do so, that the state was full of them, and that Colonel [John W.] Sprague of the 63rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had gone home after his men and he had some thoughts of starting someone after his.
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June 21, 1862
Thomas Kilby Smith, Colonel, 54th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Lagrange, Tennessee. To Governor David Tod. Letter requesting the appointment of Henry B. Whetsell as 1st Lieutenant and Quartermaster of the 54th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Benjamin W. Good; and stating that Whetsell's appointment and commission should date from April 8, 1862, since which time he had been acting Quartermaster to said regiment.
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June 22, 1862
Levi Lupton, Malaga, Monroe County, Ohio. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter requesting authority to recruit; and stating that he would like to have a commission as Captain or Lieutenant provided he succeeded in raising the men, and that he could get recommendations.
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June 22, 1862
R[obert] W. Ratliff, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Headquarters, Camp, Baxter's Springs. To the Honorable B.F. Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio. Letter stating that he was informed that an application had gone forward to Governor [David] Tod, signed by the three Majors and representing the wish of the three battalions of the regiment, that in case the Colonelcy became vacant by the resignation of Charles Doubleday, that he be promoted to fill said vacancy, that his promotion would leave a vacancy of Lieutenant Colonel, that [George G.] Miner was the ranking Major and, were there no good reasons to the contrary, would be promoted by Tod to fill said vacancy, that he wished the stern military rule done away with in this case, that by talking with the officers of the regiment, he knew it to be almost the universal wish of the regiment that Major [Henry L.] Burnett should be promoted to fill the vacancy instead of Miner, that he thought the only officer who would be bitterly opposed to Burnett occupying said position was Miner himself, that the line officers, with one or two exceptions, were all in favor of it, that Major [George A.] Purington, who also ranked Burnett, had said that he would rather see Burnett in the position than Miner, that as commander of the regiment, he desired for his aide and counselor a man upon whose judgment he could rely and upon whose truthfulness and honor he could place implicit confidence, that he had no confidence that Miner possessed either of those qualifications, that Burnett had demonstrated by nearly a year's hard service that he possessed all the qualifications, that in Burnett, he placed the utmost confidence, that Burnett was young, active, industrious, and healthy, that Burnett had a good, clear head and sound judgment, that Burnett was just such a man as he desired to assist him in the administrative affairs of the regiment, that two battalions of the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, with himself and Burnett, were going to Neosho, Missouri on June 23, and that he had orders to occupy that place and Pineville, McDonald County, and to cooperate with the U.S. troops in southwest Missouri preparatory to a contemplated move into the state of Arkansas.
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June 23, 1862
D.F. DeWolf, Major Commanding, 55th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Camp near Strasburg, Virginia. To the Honorable David Tod. Letter recommending Frederick J. Slatterie, a Private in the 55th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for promotion to the rank of 1st Lieutenant; and stating that Slatterie had been a member of their regiment since September 1861, had been detailed on General [Robert C.] Schenck's staff during a great part of that time, and was in all respects eminently worthy of promotion.
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June 23, 1862
William Porter, et. al., Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter signed by twenty-four citizens of Trumbull County; and stating that they had a long acquaintance with Captain H[enry] G. Stratton, now in command of Company C, 19th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that they regarded Stratton as a meritorious officer and a thorough, upright businessman, that Stratton entered the service at the breaking out of the war, that with the exception of a few weeks immediately after the mustering out of the three months' troops, Stratton had been in actual service ever since, and that they respectfully recommended Stratton's promotion should a vacancy occur.
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June 24, 1862
Lele Abbott, Eaton, Preble County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that as a member of the Military Committee of Preble County, he had been assisting Lieutenant [P.] Morris in the recruiting service, that Morris had for some days labored earnestly, faithfully, and energetically in Preble County, but without success, that they had sent to the war from Preble County about one fourth of their voting population, that harvest was now at hand and everyone employed, that he thought after harvest they might get more volunteers, but until then they could not be raised to any extent, that he hoped Morris might be retained in the service as he was heart and hand in the cause and labored with spirit, that he thought Morris had done all any recruiting officer could in Preble County at present, and that he wished Tod continued health and success.
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June 24, 1862
H[enry] L. Burnett, Major, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Neosho, Missouri. To Governor David Tod. Letter making his case for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and the promotion of Captain C.C. Smith to Major; and stating that in the place where two battalions of the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry were now encamped, the secesh whipped and drove out four hundred Union Missouri state troops, that they were laying on their arms that night expecting an attack, that he had little faith, however, that the cowardly scoundrels would give the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry a chance at them, that three hundred and fifty of them encamped within ten miles of Neosho the previous night, and that he chased them for three hours that morning with one hundred and fifty men, but his horses were too much worn out to overtake them.
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June 24, 1862
J[esse] S. Norton, Colonel, 21st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Athens. To [Lieutenant] Colonel [James M.] Neibling. Letter instructing Neibling to be sure and go to Columbus and urge upon the Governor and Adjutant General the necessity of making those promotions listed for the good of the regiment; and stating that the promotions must be made or they would be in an "interminable brawl", and that justice to all parties required that they should make the recommendations for promotions to fill vacancies.
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June 24, 1862
R[obert] W. Ratliff, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Headquarters, Camp Salamon, near Shoal Creek. To the Honorable B.F. Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio. Letter stating that since writing to Hoffman on June 22, he had received notice from Colonel Charles Doubleday that his resignation had been accepted, that this created a vacancy in the Colonelcy of the 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, that if Governor David Tod thought proper to appoint him to fill said vacancy and for Major [Henry L.] Burnett to take his place, then they would be short one Major, that they had five Captains, all sworn into the service on the same day, to wit, Captain [Hiram A.] Hall, Captain [William J.] Keene, Captain [Charles C.] Smith, Captain [Aaron K.] Lindsey, and Captain [Allen P.] Steele, that they were placed in line in the regiment in the order which he had mentioned them, that he thought their last commissions all had the same date, but Hall would not give up his first commission and claimed rank from its date which was not right between him and the other named Captains, that he did not know the exact course which Tod intended to adopt in cases of this kind unless it was to pursue his usual course, i.e. take the best man, that if he did this, Smith was a great way ahead of the others, that Smith was a civil engineer by profession, that Smith was one of the most useful men and one of the most accomplished officers in their regiment, that he took great pleasure in recommending Smith to fill the vacancy, that he knew Smith and knew that he was an accomplished man and gentleman, that Smith would fill the office with credit to himself and be an honor to the regiment, that Hall's health was poor and so much so that he was hardly able to take charge of his own company, that in his opinion, Hall would entirely fail in the more arduous duties of Major, that Keene talked of resigning, that Keene had handed in his resignation twice and both times coupled with the kind of excuses which the Colonel would not listen to, that Keene was not well enough posted in military matters to take charge of a battalion and he did not think Keene would accept the office if it was tendered to him, that they were about two and a half miles from Neosho, the county seat of Newton County, Missouri, that he sent Major Burnett out that morning with one hundred good men to reconnoiter the town and surrounding county, that they were under orders, in case of an attack, to fall back to camp where their main body of troops were resting, and that he did not fear any trouble, but intended to act with the greatest caution in all his movements.
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June 24, 1862
Dudley Seward, Captain, Company A, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Camp Salomon, near Neosho, Newton County, Missouri. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that Colonel [Charles] Doubleday having resigned, some promotions would take place, that for the post of Lieutenant Colonel made vacant by the promotion of [Robert W.] Ratliff, he took the liberty to recommend the appointment of Major H[enry] L. Burnett, and that he was fully satisfied that said appointment would give great and general satisfaction.
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June 24, 1862
B.F. Tefft, Washington, D.C. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that Samuel R. Russell of Middletown, Ohio had invented a new fuse for shells which promised to be an important implement of war, that it seemed to him and many others in Washington that Russell ought to have some position in the army where his singular and original genius might have a field and leisure for its profitable display, that he had suggested to Russell to ask for a Lieutenancy, that Russell would soon justify Tod's wisdom in making this appointment, and that he was a former citizen of Cincinnati who, before the Legislature of Ohio, set the ball in motion for the bringing of [Louis] Kossuth to the U.S. and the author of "Hungary and Kossuth", etc.; and citing references.
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June 24, 1862
David Tod, Governor, The State of Ohio, Executive Department, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To the Honorable Daniel McCook, Washington, D.C. Letter stating that McCook's letter of June 21, recommending the promotion of Captain Gunckel in one of the new regiments, had been placed upon file and would receive due consideration. Bears a pencilled note dated June 29, 1862, from S.S. Cox, House of Representatives, to Tod; stating that Mrs. Gunckle was there and naturally anxious to have her gallant husband preferred, that Gunckle deserved promotion, and that he knew Tod would give Gunckle's case not only due, but favorable consideration.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 96]
June 24, 1862
Melancthon S. Wade, Brigadier General, and Enoch T. Carson, Surveyor of Customs, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter presenting the claim of Brian P. Critchell, Company A, 6th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry for promotion on the grounds of personal merit as indicated by the attached newspaper clipping from the Cincinnati Commercial of May 5; and stating that Critchell's habits were temperate, that Critchell had a good constitution, that Critchell was more than six feet tall and a brave man, that Critchell had served his country faithfully ever since the rebellion broke out, and that believing Critchell to be deserving and capable of filling a responsible position, they prayed Tod would grant him a Lieutenant's commission. Bears the endorsement of F. Ball. Newspaper clipping attached.
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June 25, 1862
C[hristian] Amis, Captain, Company F, 10th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 17th Brigade, 3rd Division, Department of Ohio, Camp Taylor, near Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. To Lieutenant Colonel J.W. Burke. Letter regarding the case of Wilhelm Ostendorf. Bears a note from Burke requesting that Ostendorf be commissioned 1st Lieutenant.
4 pp. [Series 147-40: 136]
June 25, 1862
J[esse] Hildebrand, Colonel, 77th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Lafayette. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he was surprised to learn that the friends of Lieutenant Colonel R[obert A.] Fulton of the 53rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry were assailing Tod and the officers of the 53rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in regard to the appointment of Captain [Wells S.] Jones to the Colonelcy of said regiment, and that the 53rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry belonged to his brigade and Jones was responsible for the subordination, discipline, general appearance, and good conduct of said regiment; asking how all those things were to be affected without a single field officer; and stating that Colonel [Jesse J.] Appler was mustered out of the service for cowardly conduct at the battle of Shiloh, that Lieutenant Colonel R[obert A.] Fulton was sick before the battle of Shiloh, but continued to perform duty for several days after the battle when he became so ill that he was unable to function or even sit up in his bed, that with little or no change for three weeks after the battle, Fulton went home and was not expected to return, that Major [Harrison S.] Cox was sick, never had performed duty or was seen on the parade ground, and had sent in his resignation, that General [William T.] Sherman was very anxious for the appointment of a certain West Point man as Colonel, that the officers of the 53rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, finding that an appointment would be made other than Fulton, immediately drew up a petition and signed it in favor of Jones who commanded Company A, that Jones was a very fine officer and one who was competent to command the regiment, that Jones was very popular with the whole regiment, and that Fulton was a personal and political friend of his, but Jones was much more competent to command a regiment than Fulton.
3 pp. [Series 147-40: 165]
June 25, 1862
L[ionel] Sheldon, Colonel, 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, Cumberland Gap. To Adjutant General Charles W. Hill. Letter stating that the orders accepting the resignations of 1st Lieutenant Marion Knight and 1st Lieutenant W.S. Spencer had just reached him, that heretofore, W.H. Clapp was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant, that to fill the vacancy thus created, he had recommended the promotion of 1st Sergeant Jasper S. Ross to 2nd Lieutenant, that no notice had yet reached him of the appointment of Ross, that he had repeatedly recommended Ross' appointment, that Ross was the most competent and best Sergeant in the regiment for such appointment, that he could not understand the reason why Ross had not been appointed as all other appointments in the 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had been promptly and satisfactorily attended to, and that the company to which Ross belonged had no Lieutenant as Clapp was now the Adjutant of the regiment; and recommending various other appointments in the 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
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June 25, 1862
A[braham] W. Thomas, Lieutenant Commanding, Company H, 75th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Camp near Middletown, [Virginia]. To Robert Riley, Major Commanding, 75th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Letter recommending Sergeant P.S. Sullivan as the most worthy and competent to fill the vacancy of 1st Lieutenant in Company H, 75th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that said office had been vacant since May 17, 1862, by the resignation of Captain T[homas] M.D. Pilcher.
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June 25, 1862
Henry B. Whetsel, Acting Quartermaster, 54th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Lagrange, Tennessee. To Governor David Tod. Letter enclosing a letter from Colonel Thomas K. Smith, requesting his appointment as 1st Lieutenant and Quartermaster of the 54th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and stating that immediately after the battle of Shiloh, a petition was forwarded to Tod signed by all the regimental and company officers asking that he be given the appointment of 1st Lieutenant, that he understood the reason a commission was not given at the time was that no company was designated as having a vacancy of 1st Lieutenant, that since then, B[enjamin] W. Goode, Regimental Quartermaster, had resigned leaving the office vacant, that from April 8, 1862 to the present, he had acted as Quartermaster of the regiment at $17 per month, that his expenses for the time had been nearly $40 per month, that he hoped Tod would have him commissioned as 1st Lieutenant and Quartermaster of the regiment, that the regiment was not willing for any other person to act, and that he did not feel able to act for the wages of Quartermaster Sergeant.
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June 26, 1862
Lewis P. Buckley, Colonel, 29th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, Shields' Division. To Adjutant General C.P. Buckingham. Letter stating that as he was about to resign his command, he respectfully recommended that Orson H. Reymington, Sergeant of Ordnance be promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in Company K, that he had recommended Private Alderman some time since, and that if there had been no action in the case, as Alderman had not come up to expectations in doing his duty and had not been in the battle of Port Republic, he would suggest that his name be dropped; recommending promotions in Company C; stating that since the battle of Port Republic, the 29th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry was very much reduced in numbers and disorganized for the want of officers, many being missing and no doubt prisoners, that the 29th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry had been reduced to about 200 men through sickness, hard marching, etc., that after they left Camp Chase, they were placed under the command of General [Frederick W.] Lander, that Lander was a very dissipated man and exposed his men to hardships uncalled for, that Lander died in a drunken fit, that he did not believe General [James] Shields was dissipated, but by poor Generalship or some other cause had destroyed what Lander began, that Shields' Division had been considered one of the best in the army, but it was pretty well used up, particularly the 3rd Brigade and 4th Brigade, that he was aware that he should not speak disrespectfully of his superior officers, but when he knew them to be guilty of conduct disreputable and that they had brought ruin and defeat upon his command through the want of military capacity, he would speak plainly and let the consequences be what they may, that since Shields' promotion had been rejected by the Senate, many things would come to the knowledge of the country not much to his credit, that for the good of the country, the sooner the army was rid of such men the better, and that he feared they had too many officers seeking for self-aggrandizement instead of their country's good; and regarding regimental appointments not received.
3 pp. [Series 147-40: 119]
June 26, 1862
J.J. Cook, Woodville, Sandusky County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he had resigned his commission as 2nd Lieutenant on account of his health for some two months, that the Surgeon of the 72nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry advised him that it was necessary to change the climate to get well, that he could not get a furlough in any other way than to resign, that he was now getting much better than he expected to when he came home, that he would like to return to the army, that if Tod could give him a situation, he would report himself to Columbus at any time, that if his decision to leave the service had been a voluntary one, he would not ask for the same situation, and that he was advised by the Surgeon and Division Surgeon who came to examine him after he sent in his resignation.
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June 26, 1862
Donn Piatt, Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, 1st Division, Headquarters, Mountain Department, Camp at Middletown, [Virginia]. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he felt it his duty to call Tod's attention to the merits of Private F.J. Slatterie, Company E, 55th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, that Slatterie had been serving in his office for some months and was a young man of talent and education, that Slatterie had been in the service since the organization of his regiment and proven himself a soldier by his gallantry and good conduct, that Slatterie should be promoted and he had no question but that a place could be found for him in one of the new regiments about to be called to the field, and that he was satisfied such promotion would benefit the service and gratify many friends.
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June 26, 1862
Peter Zinn, Camp Chase, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that without endorsing any part of the enclosed note (except that so far as a slight acquaintance would suffice, he believed the writer to possess military abilities and experience qualifying him for a Majorship or Adjutant), he respectfully called Tod's attention to it, and that he had reason to believe in either of the positions mentioned, the writer would make himself useful in the service.
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June 27, 1862
Darius Cadwell, Jefferson, Ashtabula County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that when at Columbus on June 26, he indicated his desire to know if Tod needed any volunteer Surgeons or nurses, etc., and that he did so in case any further disaster should befall the 7th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the 29th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, as they were mostly from that part of the state and many of them personally known to their people locally.
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June 27, 1862
Abraham S. Piatt, Brigadier General, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Headquarters, Mountain Department, Camp near Strasburg, [Virginia]. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that it gave him pleasure to add his evidence to that of other officers in behalf of the good qualities of Private F.J. Slatterie of Company E, 55th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Brigade, that Slatterie was too good a man to remain a Private, that he was satisfied the service would be benefited by Slatterie's promotion, and that the encouragement given other soldiers by Slatterie's elevation was enough to warrant the application.
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June 27, 1862
R[obert] W. Ratliff, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Headquarters, Camp Salamon, Neosho, [Missouri]. To Governor David Tod. Letter regarding Major [Henry L.] Burnett's promotion to the Lieutenant Colonelcy; and stating that every day he was strengthened in the conviction that the good of their regiment and the service demanded Burnett's promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in case the place was made vacant by his promotion to the Colonelcy, and that the feeling of the regiment was almost unanimous in Burnett's favor and was daily increasing.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 69]
June 27, 1862
John Richweiler, Tippecanoe, Miami County, Ohio. To Governor David Tod. Letter stating that he had a good opportunity to go into paying business, but he had not gotten his discharge from the military service; asking whether he had to report in person for a discharge or whether Tod would send it by mail; and stating that he was a released, paroled prisoner from Salisbury, North Carolina, and that he had reported his address to Tod's office according to order.
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June 27, 1862
L[ionel] A. Sheldon, Colonel, 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Headquarters. To Adjutant General Charles W. Hill. Letter regarding various resignations of officers in the 42nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and recommending promotions to fill the vacancies.
1 p. [Series 147-40: 166]