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in order to deter the guerrillas in Kentucky, who often raided the Ohio border.
As an evidence that General Willich did not think the sentence would be carried out, he gave the boy his freedom, under promise that he would not leave the city. After wandering about Cincinnati for a few days, and finding no one whom he knew, Tom Martin re- turned to General Willich and asked permission to remain around his headquarters. The General readily assented, and soon became attached to the boy. He used him as a sort of messenger, for which service he gave him board and a small remuneration in money.
Previous to this time Major : General Joseph Hooker, of the Fed- eral Army, had been relieved of his command by Sherman, and was assigned to the Department of Ohio. Hooker was in an ugly frame of mind, due doubtless to his own deficiencies. He had failed to meet the expectations of his superiors, and was defeated on every turn. He realized that naught remained to him but retirement.
Time passed on, the surrender occurred, and the day when Hooker would leave the Department was approaching.
He called to one of his staff officers and asked him to read over the papers on file, so that he might dispose of them.
In going over the papers those relating to the boy, Martin, were found. The case had passed out of Hooker's mind, but he inquired to know whether the sentence had been executed.
Learning that it had not, he sent for General Willich and asked
for all the facts, and General Willich related them as above described.
The following day, a short time before his removal, General
Hooker issued an order directing that Tom Martin be shot on the
5th of May, then only a few days off.
General Willich, be it said to his praise, was dumfounded. To shoot the boy who had been his attendant for several months, to whom he had become much attached because of his faithful conduct and reliability, was too much for the brave and just old soldier of many wars and many battles.
With tears in his eyes (it was said) and distress in his heart, he rushed to the office of Judge Stallo (subsequently United States Minister to Rome) and sought his aid in saving the boy's life. Judge Stallo in turn sought Judge W. M. Dickson and beseeched his in- terference.
Meanwhile General Hooker had left the city to attend the funeral of Mr. Lincoln at Springfield, 111., and the day set for the murder was near at hand. General Hooker could not be reached, so it was