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

To Lewis Wallace [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Major General Wallace War Department,
Baltimore, Md. Washington, D.C., Jan. 31 1865

Suspend sending off of Charles E. Waters until further order & send record if it has not been already sent. A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 310. This telegram is marked as sent at 10 A.M. General Wallace replied: ``Charles E. Waters left for Philadelphia on the Nine-twenty . . . train this A.M. He can be re arrested at Wilmington if you so direct

``If I hear from you at once, I will order the Commander at Wilmington to stop him'' (DLC-RTL).

A second telegram from Wallace corrected the error: ``I supposed your Telegram referred to Levin L Waters, and was informed that he had gone North this A.M. as I telegraphed you---this is an error. he is at Annapolis Md has taken his seat in the Senate. of Chas E. Waters we know nothing. Who is he?'' (Ibid.).

Nicolay replied at 12:20 P.M.: ``Your second dispatch in regard to Waters is received. The President's dispatch of this morning did not refer to Levin T. [L.] Waters, but to a man who it was represented had been convicted by a military commission of unlawful trade with the rebels or something of that kind, and was to be sent this morning to the Albany Penitentiary. His name was given as Chas. E. Waters. If such prisoner is on his way north let him be brought back and held as directed in the President's dispatch.'' (DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 311).

Wallace's reply was received at 1:45 P.M.: ``The man Chas E Waters was tried & sentenced in Washington not Baltimore I have telegraphed to General Dix at N York to send him back to Washington.''

Archibald Stirling, Jr., counsel for Charles E. Waters, wrote Lincoln from Baltimore on February 11, 1865, asking a pardon for Waters, who had been convicted on testimony of the blockade runner Pardon Worsley.