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

To William S. Rosecrans [1]

Major General Rosecrans Executive Mansion,
St. Louis, Mo. Washington, Sept 13, 1864.

Postpone the execution of S. H. Anderson for two weeks. Hear what his friends can say in mitigation and report to me.

A. LINCOLN

Maj. Eckert

Please send the above telegram. JNO. G. NICOLAY PRIV. Sec.

Annotation

[1]   D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 165. The telegram, including Lincoln's signature, is in Nicolay's handwriting. Although the White HousePage  5

ledger of court-martial cases lists the case of S. H. Anderson, citizen of Missouri, sentenced to death for being a guerrilla, as respited on February 9, 1865, to hard labor for the duration of the war, no record of the case has been found in the Judge Advocate General's files. (DNA WR RG 153).