Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  30

To Benjamin F. Butler [1]

Major General Butler Executive Mansion,
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?

A. LINCOLN

Annotation

[1]   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.