ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 191. Major Joseph L. Stackpole replied for Butler on October 1:
``There is no man named James Hallian [sic] under sentence in this Department.
``Private Jas Hallion Co `K' 20th N.Y. Cavy was sentenced by Gen Court martial to be shot for rape & other offenses. Genl Butler has commuted this sentence to dishonorable discharge . . . & to three (3) years . . . at Hard Labor with ball & chain. The sentence will be published in a few days. I think this is the same man.'' (DLC-RTL). See Lincoln's telegram to Joseph Roberts, October 1, infra.