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

Transcripts - Box 12: Correspondence Copybook: 1866

Feb 16, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
Feby. 16th 1866

Hon James M Ashley

Dear Sir,

On the 27th day of December last I wrote you enclosing recommendations for my appointment in the regular army. I would be pleased to know if these papers were received, if any further recommendations are necessary either special or general, and what prospects for my success.

In case I do not receive a reasonably good appointment in the army I must train my attention in some other direction, therefore my anxiety to know as soon as practicable my prospects for success.

Since my return from the army I have lived here (East Toledo) and engaged in the mercantile business. Should I fail to secure the appointment referred to I intend to enlarge this business; and apply for appointment as Post Master here and ask your influence in my behalf for that appointment. I will ask the appointment on the grounds of long service in the army; and the political grounds will be the same I held when my Regiment voted unanimously for you for Congress. The present Post Master never was in the army tho young and able-bodied as any man in town. I insist that the government should give to patronage to soldiers whenever it can do so without prejudice to the Public welfare.

Should it seem proper to you I would be pleased to know if you thought well of this.

I have the honor to be
Your very obt servt
A. McMahan

March 6, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
March 6th 1866

Hon H L Wood

Dear Sir,

Some time before the volunteer army was disbanded I commenced arrangements to secure an appointment in the regular army. The nature of our military establishment up to this time did not admit of my appointment and I am waiting for the passage of the new military bill now under advisement in Congress. I am credibly informed that new regiments are to be offered as follows - One third of the officers from the regular army and two thirds from the volunteers. The officers are to be distributed among the states in proportion to the number of troops furnished during the war. This will in fact leave it in the hands of each member of Congress to determine who may be the officer to be appointed from his district respectively. In December last I placed in the hands of Mr Ashley from this district my recommendations from the officers of the army for my appointment and think they were good in themselves; but it is evident to me that I should also obtain the recommendation of the people of this district, which I hope to do through their representatives. I do therefore earnestly request that you will forward to the sec'y of war through Mr Ashley such recommendations as you may think proper in my case. I would be glad if you would obtain the signatures of each member of the general assembly from this district. I am not personally acquainted with any member but yourself that I know of and must hope for success through you. I am acquainted with Hon Chas Grosvenor of the Senate and would be glad to introduce you to him, you will find him a complete gentleman and sound as a brick.

In case you feel an interest in my concerns, I would be glad if you would act as soon as you can conveniently, for delay might leave me out in the cold with any amount of documents in my favor.

I have the honor to be
Your very obt servt
A. McMahan

March 23, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
March 23d 1866

James A Rayner
P M East Toledo Ohio

Dear Sir

I wish to say to you in order that there may be no misunderstanding that I am about to apply for appointment as Post Master at this place.

In doing this I am prompted by no other feeling than simply to ask for what I believe is justly due me in this case. I wish to assure you of my personal good will and --.

Your very obt serv't
A. McMahan

March 30, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
March 30th 1866

James Rayner
Member of the union
Central Committee

Dear Sir

I wish to say to the people of the 6th ward that I cannot accept the nomination for trustee offered me in convention last evening. I feel sensible of the honor done by - being made the chair of the convention.

I have the honor to be
Your obt serv't
A. McMahan

P.S.
Copy furnished Alonzo Rayner Esq President of the Convention
AM

March 31, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
March 31st 1866

Hon James M Ashley

Dear Sir

I try again to call your attention to the matter of the Post office at this place. Having informed Mr Rayner (the present PM here) of my intention to apply for appointment he now proposes to resign in favor of someone else. This is only a trick, as Mr Rayner will still be in point of fact the postmaster and derive whatever benefits appertain to the office.

He is well aware if the matter is referred to the people that I will defeat him, and his resignation in favor of anyone is only to make a tool of the persons in whos[e] favor he resigns.

I desire the appointment in case I am not commissioned in the army and I earnestly hope you will remember me. I would not write you now but the change is proposed to be made without your knowledge through the Hon Wm Dennison PM General.

I have now in my possession a large list of signatures requesting a change in my favor. - I will at the proper time place in your hands vouchers in my favor from your friends thro' this Congressional district.

Yours Truly
A. McMahan

March 31, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
March 31st 1866

Dear Sir,

I find that certain persons in this vicinity are endeavoring to procure for me the situation of Post Master of this place & I would request that you issue no commission to that effect, for I would be obliged to decline it. I address you thus because as the parties are my friends and do not wish to stand between them in this or any other matter. Besides I have only been a resident of this place about six months and the people are not sufficiently acquainted with me to know whether or not I am qualified to fill the position.

I address you thus because I think it the better way. I do not care to loose [lose] the friendship of either, knowing nothing of the intricacies of politics. I beg that you excuse informality and I have the honor to be

Very Respectfully
Your Obedient Servt
Signed Joseph Hindon

Hon William Dennison
Postmaster Genl
Washington DC

April 2, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
April 2nd 1866

Hon. James M. Ashley

Dear Sir

Inclosed you will find my recommendations for appointment as Post-master at East Toledo O. As stated to you in my letter of day before yesterday, Mr Raymer forseeing his defeat attempts a dodge to still retain the Post office in the name of some one else.

To meet this, I herewith forward the refusal of his candidate to accept the office, which explains itself.

The recommendation would have been more fully signed had not Mr Raymer forced the matter upon me before I had time to circulate the paper among the people. It was not my intention to ask for the Post office till after the question of my appointment in the army was decided. But in as much as I am forced to act now - I have the honor to request that I may be appointed P.M. at present - and in the mean time my application for army appointment may be urged as may seem proper to you.

If it is necessary I will forward your name and letters of endorsement from your friends throughout this Congressional district. I will do this as soon as I find there is any doubt of my success and would do it now but my action is forced upon me by Mr Raymer and I have not had time to secure the names I should like to send you.

Yours truly
(sig) A. McMahan

Petition contained 118 names.
May 16th " 41 "

May 28, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
May 28th 1866

Hon James M Ashley

Dear Sir

Yours of 12th inst. marked Private came to hand in due time. You say when you come home you will see our friends in East Toledo with myself about the Post office and then you will decide what is best to be done. In the mean time you will leave the office as it is. This I take to be an easy way of letting me know I cannot get the appointment. In any event I do not intend to harrass our friends any more about the matter. The office does not amount to so much nor do I want it bad enough to make any more trouble about it. I ask the office as a soldier through you (my Representative) and if I cannot get it I will not whine about it. If you cannot or will not secure for me the appointment of Post master here I wish you to have the kindness to return to me the papers sent you in my case. In conclusion, I wish to say to you that it never was a good plan to swap "old lamps (or old friends) for new" unless they became worthless.

Yours Very Truly
A. McMahan

Nov 15, 1866

East Toledo Ohio
Nov 15th 1866

L. C. Morse Esq.

Dear Sir

I find that I shall be unable to take the land which we have spoken about. The reason for this is that I can not collect the sums due me.

Yours Truly
A. McMahan

June 20, 1889

Toledo Ohio
June 20th 1889

Gen'l Ferdinand VanDerveer
Hamilton, Butler County Ohio

Dear Sir:

On the 22nd of April 1864 I wrote you a letter in regard to the 21st Reg't Ohio Vol. Infty in the battle of Chickamauga and the orders you gave me therein referred to. No answer was ever received by me from you; though the letter was not returned to me.

I send you herewith a full copy of that letter and in justification of my intruding the subject upon you again say, that I think it is due alike to yourself, my regiment and the truth of history that you should fairly answer it. I have not changed the text at all though the last clause is perhaps not material. Will you be so good as to send me a full statement.

Perhaps you did not receive my former letter.

Your Obedient Servant
Arnold McMahan

Present Post office
526 Front Street
Toledo Ohio

MS 562: Introduction | Transcript List
MS 562 Series Description: MS 562: Introduction | 86th O.V.I. Records | Arnold McMahan Papers
MS 562 Abstracts: Part 1 (McMahan Correspondence) | Part 2 (Box 12) | Part 3 (Box 13) | Inventory
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