ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 376. Lincoln plainly misdated this telegram ``May 20.'' General Ord replied on March 21: ``It is not true that Geo W Lane is detained at Norfolk without any charges against him Charges of a very serious nature are before the Secy of War against Lane of which [one] is that he made use of your name to cover flagrant violations of law thereby betraying the confidence bestowed in him &c &c'' (DLC-RTL).
George W. Lane of Baltimore had procured a permit to bring out cotton from the Chowan River in North Carolina. His cargo and ship were seized at Norfolk, Virginia, where he was imprisoned by order of a military commission (Private and Official Correspondence of Benjamin F. Butler, V, 550, 577). See further, Lincoln to Gordon, April 11, infra.