To Edward O. C. Ord 
Army of the James. Washington, May [March] 20. 1865.
Is it true that George W. Lane is detained at Norfolk without any charge against him? And if so, why is it done?
 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.