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

To Joseph Roberts [1]

Office U.S. Military Telegraph,
Officer in Command at War Department,
Fort-Monroe, Va. Washington, D.C., Oct. 1 1864.

Is there a man by the name of James Hallion (I think) under sentence? and what is his offence? what the sentence? and when to be executed? A. LINCOLN


[1]   ALS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 192. See Lincoln to Butler, September 30, supra. Colonel Joseph Roberts replied on the same day: ``Your telegram just received. The Provost Marshal of Dept . . . informs me that James Hallion twentieth (20th) N.Y. Cavalry was received at this office from Norfolk, sent here by order of Brig Genl Sheply [George F. Shepley] August ninth . . . as awaiting sentence of General Court Martial and is now at the Military Prison Camp Hamilton. I do not know what his offence is. Brig Genl Shepley at Norfolk can inform you no doubt as he was probably tried by a Court Martial convened by his orders. This man is not in my charge'' (DLC-RTL).