To Lewis Wallace 
Major General Wallace Washington, Dec. 19. 1864
Several days ago I sent you a despatch directing that one Waters and two others should not be sent away immediately, and asking you to send me a statement of the cause or causes of your actionPage 173 in regard to them. I have received nothing from you on the subject. May I against [sic] ask for such statement? and also where the men now are? A LINCOLN
 ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 263. Lincoln's telegram is marked by the telegraph operator as sent at 3:10 P.M. Wallace replied on the same day:
``The telegram of your Excellency of this date relative to the cases of Levin S Walters [Levin L. Waters] and two (2) others has been received. The reports called by your Excellency in a previous telegram December thirteenth were forwarded to Washington on the fifteenth inst & were full & explicit & were accompanied by all the papers in their cases.
``They are in charge of the Provost Marshal of this Department. . . .'' See Lincoln to Wallace, infra.