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: February 9, 1865.

Suspend execution of death sentence of Hugh F. Riley, eleventh Mass Vols. now in front of Petersburg, until further orders, and forward record for examination. A. LINCOLN.

Maj: Eckert

Please send above telegram JNO. G. NICOLAY

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[1]   D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 334. This telegram is in Nicolay's handwriting, including Lincoln's signature. Governor John A. Andrew telegraphed Lincoln on February 9: ``I earnestly pray you to order by telegraph delay of execution of Hugh F Riley of Eleventh Battalion Mass Volunteers before Petersburg under sentence to be shot. . . . He is an old soldier though only a boy Please telegraph reply.'' (DLC-RTL). Nicolay replied: ``The President has today sent a dispatch ordering that the execution of Hugh F. Riley . . . be suspended until further orders. . . .'' (D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 335). The roster of the Eleventh Massachusetts Volunteers lists Riley as dishonorably discharged on October 31, 1865.