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.
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