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United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 21st - MS 562: Transcripts

Transcripts - Box 12: Correspondence Copybook: August - December 1865

August 9, 1865

Lancaster Pa
Aug 9th 1865

Dear Colonel

Yours of the 3d inst was received last evening, and in reply to your enquiries would say, that this should be the proper time to make known your claims to the Dept - The list of officers named for promotion in the regular army called for while near Washington DC was sent thro[through] the channels as directed from Corps Hd qtrs-

Yours was sent in at the head of the list with letters separate - "Recommending"-. My endorsement was[?] not such as your merits deserved but the best my humble ways permitted - I trust Colonel you will pursue your application and I can in any manner assist I am at your service.

In calling the attention of the Sec'y of war to your recommendation the list and letters should be referred to

I am Colonel yours most Respectfully
(signed) H.A. Hambright
Brevt Brig Genl

August 18, 1865 (1)

Perrysburg Ohio
August 18th 1865

Hon E.M. Stanton
Secretary of War


I was honorably mustered out of service as Lieut Col Comdg 21st Ohio Veteran Infty Vols July 25th 1865 in pursuence to orders from the War Dept and from Maj Genl John A Logan Comdg the army of the Tennessee. My Regt being mustered out with me, I now have the honor to request that I may be appointed an officer in the regular army as I wish to continue a soldier.

I entered the service of the US as an officer on the 27th day of April 1861 having been appointed first Lieutenant in the 21st Regt Ohio Infty Vols under the proclamation of the President - calling for seventy five thousand men for three months. I continued in the service until mustered out as before stated. During this time my energies were entirely devoted to the service and I would be pleased to continue it.

In connection with this letter I beg leave to invite your attention to a "list of officers" which was forwarded from Hd Qtrs 3d Brig 1st Div 14th A.C. thro the regular channels to the War Dept for promotion in the regular army. This list was accompanied by the letters of recommendation in my case referred to in the letter of Brevt Brig Genl H.A. Hambright herewith enclosed.

My recommendation for appointment consist of the endorsements of my superior officers upon the "list of officers already forwarded and the letters "recommending" referred to in the letter of Genl Hambright.

I am glad also to refer to the rolls, reports and returns on file in the Adjutant Genls office and ordnance office, as evidence of my ability as an officer while in command of my Regt.

Very respectfully
Your Obt Servant

A. McMahan
Late Lt Col 21st Regt Ohio Vet Infty Vols

Post Office
Wood County Ohio

August 18, 1865 (2)

Perrysburg Ohio
August 18th 1865

Major Gen'l Geo. H. Thomas
Comd'g Mil. Div. of the Tenn.


I beg leave to submit for such action as you may be pleased to take my application to the Secretary of War for an appointment in the Regular Army.

My friend, Lieut. Col. A. Von Schrader, will introduce me to you and explain my military history while under your command in the 14th Army Corps.

I have the honor to be Gen'l
Your Obt. Servant
A. McMahan
(Late Lt. Col. 21st Regt Ohio Inf. Vols)


Hd. Qtrs. Mil. Div. of the Tenn.
Nashville Tenn. Sept. 8th 1865
Respectfully referred to Lt. Col. A. Von Schrader for remarks

By command of
Major Gen'l Thomas
Rob't H. Ramsy
(L.A.) A.A.G.

September 12, 1865

Head Qrs. Mil. Div. of the Tenn.
Inspector Genl's Office
Nashville Tenn
Sept. 12th 1865

Respectfully returned with the following remarks. Lieut. Col. A. McMahan has been known to me personally since the fall of 1862. When the 21st regt. O.V.Inf. was serving at this post. Maj. Genl. Negley Com'dg, during the investment by the Rebel forces. The picket lines and defenses around this post, being under my especial charge, I have had an opportunity to witness the energy and soldierly conduct displayed by Lieut. Col. McMahan (then a Captain) in the execution of his duties. Since he has served with his Regt. in the 14th A.C. where he distinguished himself as a gallant, efficient and energetic officer, being present at all engagements of the Corps, until taken prisoner at the Battle of Chickamauga. Having been exchanged he took part in the Atlanta Campaign & was present at the Battle of Jonesboro, Ga., giving new proofs of his efficiency and gallantry.

It affords me great pleasure to have an opportunity to testify to Lieut. Col. McMahan's good qualifications as an officer, as I always have found him a perfect gentleman in all my intercourse with him, in and outside of the service.

A. Von Schrader
Asst. Inspect. Genl. M.D.T. Major & A.A.G. U.S. Vols.

September 14, 1865

Hd. Qrs. Mil Div of the Tenn.
Nashville, Tenn.
Sept. 14th/'65

Respectfully forwarded to the Hon the Sec. Of War approved and earnestly recommended. Lieut. Col. McMahan was always known as an attentive and efficient officer. His ability to handle troops and his coolness and bravery in the Field in which he has had much experience is undoubted.

If it be the intention of Congress at its next session to authorize the increase of the Army I would respectfully submit the claims of Lieut. Col. McMahan for favorable consideration.

(signed) Geo. H. Thomas
Major Gen'l U.S.A.

November 19, 1862[?]

Head Quarters 14th Army Corps
Department of the Cumberland
Nashville Tenn.
Nov. 19th/'62[?]

Special Orders
No. 20

XII. The General commanding has read with great pleasure the favorable report of Lt. Col. Ducat Assistant Inspector General, upon the condition of the Grand Guards and Pickets of the Garrison of Nashville, on the recent inspection ordered from these Head Quarters without any notice of the troops. The General compliments Lt. Col. Von Schrader, the officer in charge of Grand Guards, the officers and men of the 21st Ohio and 21st Illinois Infantry on duty the day of Inspection.

While the General does not consider it necessary to distinguish a soldier for the simple performance of duty, he feels that where there is so much to censure in our Army, there is still more to praise. He earnestly desires to testify to the good and faithful soldiers of his command all the consideration, respect and affection which he feels for them.

By Command of Maj Genl Rosecrans
W.H. Sidell
Maj. 15th U.S. Inf. And A.A.G.

(appended to the foregoing order):

Colonel McMahan, then Captain 21st O.V.I. was one of the most faithful officers in the performance of his many arduous duties and I have at different times reported him for his efficiency and promptness.
A. Von Schrader
Lt. Col. in charge of Grand Guards
around Nashville Tenn. During
the siege in the fall of /62

December 9, 1865

East Toledo Ohio
Dec 9th 1865

Hon. James M Ashley
Washington DC

Dear Sir,

You may remember that on the 27th day of January last I wrote you asking your influence in obtaining for me what I then as now considered my rightful promotion in the army. I received your letter some time afterwards which briefly told me in effect that you could do nothing for me. I was at this time moving with Sherman through Georgia toward the Carolinas. I asked your influence on the grounds that "one good turn deserves another" (see election returns of 21st Regt OVVI) and also because you were my representative in the national congress. I asked the promotion on the grounds that I had served as an officer from the commencement of open hostilities and by hard fighting in the battles and campaigns which make the war memorable had decimated my Regt to a mere skeleton, in consequence of which I could not be according to the orders of the war Dept advanced to the vacant position of Colonel the duties of which I had been performing. Also on the grounds that Gov Brough of Ohio was instead of filling up the old Regiments any arising ones and appointing new field officers, quite annoying those at the front who had bourn the heat of the war. By the execrable policy of Gov Brough there were but few field officers of the old Ohio Regiments who could compare in rank with field officers from other states.

Since my discharge from the army with my Regt I rec'd from the President an appointment to be Brevet Colonel of Volunteers to date March 13th 1865. My object in writing to you now is to obtain your influence to have this appointment confirmed or failing in that to secure for me an appointment in the regular army. I am prepared to lay before the proper authority very flattering recommendations from my superior officers in the army. Genl George H Thomas "earnestly recommends" me for appointment in the regular army.

I have the honor to be
Your most obedient servt
A. McMahan
Late Lt Col 21st Regt Ohio Vet Vol Infty

Post Office
East Toledo Ohio

December 27, 1865

East Toledo Ohio
December 27th 1865

Hon James M Ashley

Dear Sir,

Enclosed you will find a part of my recommendations for appointment in the Regular Army. Other recommendations are on file in the Adjutant General's office at Washington and are referred to in the letter of Genl Hambright and in my application to the Hon Secy of War herewith enclosed. They are necessary to show my history during the early part of the war.

The enclosed papers are highly prized and after you see what may be done in the matter you would confer a favor by returning them to me.

In presenting these papers there are as appears to my mind from the position which I view them simply two questions to be determined --.

1st Is Congress disposed to remember the Volunteer Army - the bone and sinew of the country

2d Are my recommendations sufficient to secure attention in my case?

I do not wish it understood that I speak for the volunteer army, or that it wishes to return to army life unless the honor of our flag is in question. But in as much as volunteers have proven their efficiency and ability, is congress disposed to open the way for competition with the favored children of the government?

Very respectfully
Your Obt Servt
A. McMahan
Brevet Col. US Vols

Post Office
East Toledo Ohio

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