Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  269

To Alfred Sully [1]

Officer in command Executive Mansion,
at Davenport Iowa: Washington, Feb'y 7, 1865.

Suspend execution of death sentence of John Davis alias John Lewis until further orders and forward record of trial for examination. A. LINCOLN

Maj. Eckert:

Please send the above telegram. JNO. G. NICOLAY

Annotation

[1]   D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 328. This telegram is in Nicolay's handwriting. Although General Alfred Sully is listed in the tables of organization as commanding officer of the District of Iowa, Captain J. F. Miller replied to Lincoln's telegram on February 8: ``Your telegram relative to the suspension of Execution of Jno Davis Alias Jno Lewis recd no record of trial is here nor do I know where it can be found unless at Judge Advocate Generals office'' (DLC-RTL). AGO General Court Martial Orders No. 194, April 14 1865, promulgated the pardon of John Davis, alias John Lewis, substitute recruit, on condition that he serve out his term.