D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 307. This telegram, including Lincoln's signature, is in John Hay's handwriting. Grant replied on the same day:
``Maj Gen Parke furnishes the following . . . in relation to Barney Rouke 15th N Y Engineers of whom you telegraphed this morning
`` `Private Barney Rouke 15th N.Y. Engineers was not sentenced capitally. His sentence to be dishonorably discharged . . . and to be confined at hard labor for . . . ten (10) years . . . at Albany N.Y. . . . the record forwarded Jany 2nd 1865 to the Judge Advocate General for reference to the Secretary of War. . . .' '' (DLC-RTL).
Page 241A petition in behalf of Barney Rourke, Company F, Fifteenth New York Engineers, sentenced for shooting a member of his company, was referred by Lincoln to Stanton on January 13, 1865, but is missing from the files (DNA WR RG 107, Secretary of War, Letters Received, P 69, Register).
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