To William S. Rosecrans 
St. Louis Mo Dec. 8. 1864
Let execution in case of John Berry & James Berry be suspended until further order. A. LINCOLN
Will you please hurry off the above Tomorrow is the day of execution. JOHN HAY A.A.G.
 LS, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 257. This telegram is in John Hay's handwriting except for Lincoln's signature. An article in The Missouri Republican (St. Louis) for November 16, 1864, announced the court-martial sentence of Second Lieutenant James Berry, Company D, Fourteenth Kansas Cavalry, ``that he be shot to death with musketry, in St. Louis, on the 9th proximo. The charges . . . were that he deserted . . . at Forth Smith in January last, and took away a horse and equipments. . . . John W. Berry, a brotherPage 160
. . . Sergeant of the same company, on similar charges . . . was also sentenced to be shot; but . . . the sentence has been mitigated to imprisonment and hard labor. . . .''