Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To Ulysses S. Grant [1]

Lieut. Gen. Grant Executive Mansion
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.

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   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.