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

To Alfred Sully [1]

To the Commanding Officer, Executive Mansion,
Davenport, Iowa, Washington, February 14, 1865.

Suspend execution of death sentence of John C. Brown alias Wm

Page  299A. Craven, and of John Ble alias Cohoe until further orders and send records for examination A. LINCOLN

Major Eckert

Please send the above dispatch JNO. G. NICOLAY Priv: Sec:


[1]   D, DNA WR RG 107, Presidential Telegrams, I, 341. The body of this telegram is in the handwriting of Edward Neill. Lincoln's signature and Nicolay's signature are in Nicolay's autograph. On February 12, 1865, John C. Brown, under sentence for desertion, wrote Lincoln from Camp McClellan, Davenport, Iowa, stating his case and asking for a reprieve. An endorsement by N. B. Baker, adjutant general for Iowa, appears on the letter, recommending a reprieve until Brown's friends ``have an opportunity to show the whole case.'' (DLC-RTL). On February 13, Baker telegraphed Lincoln: ``I ask that Jno C Brown whose real name is Wm A Craven formerly acting Adjutant for three months of second Mo Cavalry & now under sentence of death at this point for desertion be reprieved until papers showing his prior services & a full statement of the case be furnished to you he wishes to refer to Lt Col Jas H Crane second Missouri Cavalry & to Col Moore of twenty first Mo infy'' (ibid.).

See further, Lincoln to Sully, February 17 and 20, infra.