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

To Joseph Holt [1]

Sentences in these three cases commuted to imprisonment in the penitentiary at hard labor during the war. A. LINCOLN

Jan. 11, 1865

Annotation

[1]   AES, DNA WR RG 153, Judge Advocate General, LL 2944. Lincoln's endorsement is written on the court-martial record in the cases of James P. Holland, John H. Utz, and Henry W. Highsmith. See Lincoln's telegram to Majors, January 9, supra. On January 13, General Grenville M. Dodge telegraphed Lincoln from St. Louis: ``Utz, Highsmith & Holland whose execution you have ordered delayed until further orders attempted to kill the Jailer at St Joseph and escape last night. They were however defeated They are bad men & their sentence should be carried into effect'' (DLC-RTL).