To Benjamin F. Butler 
Bermuda Hd. Va Washington, Sep. 30, 1864.
Is there a man in your Department by the name of James Hallion, under sentence, and if so, what is the sentence,? and what for?
 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.