Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
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To Ulysses S. Grant [1]

Executive Mansion, Washington,
Lieutenant General Grant January 26, 1865.

Suspend execution of death sentence of William H. Jeffs Company B Fifty sixth Massachusetts volunteers until further orders, and forward record of trial for examination. A. LINCOLN.

Maj. Eckert

Please send the above telegram JNO. G. NICOLAY

Priv. Sec.

Annotation

[1]   D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 305. Across the top of this telegram appears a pencilled note: ``Repeated Jany 28 '65 to Comdg Officer Norfolk Va.'' Grant replied on the same day, quoting a telegram from Major General John G. Parke: ``No proceedings in the case of Wm. A Jeffs Co `B' fifty sixth (56) Mass Vols have been recd at these HdQuarters In case the sentence should be death the proceedings will be forwarded you'' (DLC-RTL). See Lincoln's telegram to George F. Shepley, January 28, infra.