To Ulysses S. Grant 
City Point Jan. 6. 1865
If there is a man at City-Point, by the name of Waterman Thornton who is in trouble about desertion, please have his case briefly stated to me & do not let him be executed meantime
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 279. Grant replied on January 7: ``In reply to your dispatch of this morning I have to state that Genl Griffin commanding 2nd Division 9th Army Corps telegraphs me that private Waterman Thornton one hundred seventy ninth (179) New York Volunteers was executed yesterday . . . for desertion to the enemy'' (DLC-RTL).