To Ulysses S. Grant 
City-Point. Washington Jan. 24. 1865
If Newell W. Root, of Conn. Heavy Artillery is under sentence of death please telegraph me briefly the circumstances.
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 299. On January 25, 1865, Captain and Judge Advocate P.T. Whitehead telegraphed: ``I have the honor to report in regard to Private Newell W. Root alias Geo H Harris Co H 1st Conn Heavy Artillery, that he was tried by this Court on Dec 19th 1864 & convicted of `deserting to the Enemy' & sentenced to be hung. His sentence is approved by General Meade & ordered to be carried into effect at City Point on Friday 27th inst. . . . Root deserted to the Enemy near Dutch Gap & gave himself up to the rebels as a union deserter; was released . . . and on making his way through . . . Ky represented himself as a rebel Deserter for the purpose of getting out of the service. he gave the name of Harris & came to City Point in arrest under that name. . . .'' (DLC-RTL). See further, Lincoln's telegram to Grant, January 25, infra.