November 4, 1864

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Major General Burbridge Executive Mansion,

Lexington, Ky Washington, Nov. 4, 1864.


Suspend execution of all the deserters ordered to be executed on Sunday

at Louisville, until further order, and send me the records in the cases.

Acknowledge receipt.

A. Lincoln


No4A(?)

27frd

Recd. 11:10 am

Sent 8:53 pm

By D



Historical analysis

This analysis makes use of a heuristic for historical thinking know as SCIM-C developed by David Hicks, Peter Doolittle and Tom Ewing. For more about this historical thinking heuristic please see http://www.historicalinquiry.com

Summary of the telegram

Lincoln sends a telegram to General Burbridge asking him to suspend the execution of all deserters that are schedule to be executed on Sunday at Louisville until he gives further orders. He also wants the records of all the cases to be sent to him.

The Context for this telegram

A telegram was sent the day before on November 3, 1864 asking to suspend the execution of Vance Mason who was part of the group that Lincoln was asking Burbridge to send case records of.[1] Later that day, Burbridge replied, "Your dispatch received and orders issued in conformity thereto. The record will be forwarded at once."[2]

Inferences about the telegram

It can be inferred that the executions of the men were suspended. However, it seems that Lincoln was mainly concerned about Vance Mason. On February 9, 1865, Mason is given the option of not being executed, "On condition that he returns to and serves out the remainder of his term of enlistment..."[3]

Notes

  1. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln8/1:188?rgn=div1;singlegenre=All;sort=occur;subview=detail;type=simple;view=fulltext;q1=Nov+4
  2. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln8/1:188?rgn=div1;singlegenre=All;sort=occur;subview=detail;type=simple;view=fulltext;q1=Nov+4
  3. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln8/1:188?rgn=div1;singlegenre=All;sort=occur;subview=detail;type=simple;view=fulltext;q1=Nov+4