ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 218. Albert Hobbs, senator in the New York legislature, had telegraphed on November 1: ``Mr Nathan Wilcox who is under sentence of death for desertion . . . is my relative & for the sake of his . . . large circle of loyal relatives I humbly pray . . . his life may be spared He was a member of the twenty second . . . Massachusetts Volunteers'' (DLC-RTL).
He replied to Lincoln's telegram on November 2: ``Nathan Wilcox is in the 22d Mass Regt fifth Corps now at the repair Depot City Point.'' (Ibid.).
Nathaniel M. Wilcox, Company C, Twenty-second Massachusetts Volunteers, had been sentenced for desertion to be shot on November 4, 1864 (Army of the Potomac, General Court Martial Orders No. 41, October 25, 1864). See further Lincoln's telegram to Grant November 2, infra.