fortunate that Ohio
had so efficient a Governor as Mr. William Dennison
He at once turned to Captain McClellan
for assistance, and sent a request to Washington
that the latter might be restored to his old rank in the army and the duty of organizing the Ohio volunteers assigned to him. To this request no answer was received: indeed, the communications with Washington
were generally interrupted, and the several Governors were thus left to their own resources.
summoned Captain McClellan
; and he at once applied himself to the work of organizing the numerous regiments offered.
A bill was also introduced into the Legislature, and rapidly passed, authorizing the Governor
to select officers for the volunteers outside of the State
Under this act, on the 23d of April, 1861, Captain McClellan
was commissioned major-general of the Ohio
Under the proclamation of the President
of April 15, calling out the militia, thirteen regiments of infantry were demanded from Ohio
for three months, and afterwards the same number for three years. To obtain men was then easy enough, but to find suitable officers was exceedingly difficult; and arms and equipments were entirely wanting.
A Department of the Ohio was formed on the 3d of May, consisting of Ohio
, and Illinois
, and placed under General McClellan
's command, who thus had under his charge the forces of two other States besides his own. He organized his troops in spite of all obstacles, and within two