Research Spy or deserter-Lt. Col. Eugene Lamar sentenced to be hung, escaped Ft. McHenry

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Checking World Cat, the nearest copy, to Dedham, of Roster of Georgia Soldiers is a reprint, lead editor Juanita Blackwell, at NEGHS on Newbury Street in Boston. 5th floor stacks, E559.A5; ISBN 0871523604. I think that NEHGS is closed right now but it has digital books available (don't know about this one). This source may be worth checking--but I'd call NEHGS first
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NARA has an online Q & A called "History Hub" that has several categories of queries. I checked this site for military records and found one that is very similar to yours (court martial and execution records of Confederates during ACW): https://historyhub.history.gov/message/11915. This page has both the query and NARA's response. I contacted NARA several times during the work on my ACW project and always found it helpful.

My thinking is that the record of the military commission trial is apt to contain additional information.
 

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He had some reason for going to Baltimore. What other reason could it be but to spy. He surely would not go there in Uniform! Then there is the mystery of plans, contacts, pursuits along with getting arrested without excuse. Their investigation should have determined if his story of 'where were you going and where are you coming from' to see if his story had any truth; can't hold water long in a paper sack. So he told them he was an officer with the Louisiana Regiment, or vital papers of his identity were found upon him. A rather bad blunder on his conscience, I would say.
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sometimes it was spelled Le Mar....
Here's the Sentence of the Court Martial dated August 18, 1864 - so basically his sentence "to be hanged by the neck until dead" was commuted by the President of the United States and he was instead sentenced to "imprisonment at hard labor during the war."
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And here is the Court Martial dated April 21, 1864 --- I guess. Im not too well versed in Union courts martial so not sure exactly what the two parts are. If the one I posted above is the final or revised sentence, I guess this one is the record of the actual court martial and the original sentence.
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Last one for now... first the outside cover

Letter from Pro Mar Balt. Md. Concerning (1) one Deserter with Descriptive List Accompanying. Also Eugene Lemar Lt Col of Confederate with Papers Accompanying
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Head Quarters, Middle Department, 8th Army Corps
Office Provost Marshal
Baltimore, Jany 6th 1864

J W Holmes
Capt & PM
Ft McHenry

Captain
I have the honor to forward to you under guard (2 1) two one Deserters with descriptive lists accompanying.
Also, Eugene Lemar Lt. Col. 14th Lou Inf C.S.A. with the papers in his case.

Very Respt
Your Obt Servt
Wm S Fish (?)
Col. & PM Genl
for H. Clayton
Lt. & Commissary of Prisons
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I have not seen that Lincoln changed the sentence to hard to hard labor during the war. Thank you-that's a great find. Now, if I can find him after the war! Since I can't, I continue to suspect that the Lamar name is an assumed name for use during war.
The original court martial dated April 21, 1864:

Specification 1st "Violations of the Laws of War..." says that he came into the Union lines at Louisville, KY on December 24, 1863.

Then in Specification 2nd "Being a Spy" says that, on December 24, 1863, he visited the City of Baltimore.

How could he have been both in Louisville and in Baltimore on the same day? Or am I reading it wrong?
 

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@lelliott19 he entered the city of Louisville Kentucky on that date, then the charge gets readdressed and says from there while dressed in civilian clothing he proceeded to Baltimore disguised as a civilian. So his entry date and his arrest date may not be the same. The dated orders show Baltimore defenses Feb. 23rd, 1864, and the Commission Trial as March 18, 1864. The General Order 98 is dated to notify in the event that any case of this nature comes up, a military trial will be held. That is how I read it.
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