Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Page  305

To John D. Stevenson [1]

Officer in command Executive Mansion,
at Harper's Ferry Washington, February 17, 1865.

Chaplain Fitzgibbon yesterday sent me a dispatch invoking clemency for Jackson Stewart and Randall who are to be shot today The dispatch is so vague that there is no means here of ascertaining, whether or not the execution of sentence of one or more of them may not already have been ordered. If not suspend execution of sentence in their cases until further orders and forward records of trails for examination. A. LINCOLN

Maj. Eckert

Please send above telegram JNO. G. NICOLAY

Annotation

[1]   D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 350. This telegram is entirely in Nicolay's handwriting. The communication from Chaplain James Fitzgibbon has not been found. Brigadier General John D. Stevenson replied to Lincoln's telegram on the same day: ``I have the honor to report in accordance with telegram of this date the order suspending the execution of Jackson Stewart & Randall has been duly obeyed.'' (DLC-RTL).

Concerning William Randall, see Lincoln to Sheridan, February 15, supra. No further reference has been found and the other men have not been identified.