November 5, 1864
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Washington, Nov. 5, 1864
Officer in Command at
Suspend execution of Robert W. Reed until further order & send records. Answer.
Recd. 9:40 a(?)
Sent 11:50 am
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 is asking for the execution of Robert W. Reed to be suspended until further orders and Lincoln also wants the case records to be sent to him.
The Context for this telegram
Lincoln received a telegram two days earlier from John Boyle saying: ``Robert W Reed Company A fourth Ky Cavalry at Chattanooga is sentenced to die November twentieth for killing John Arterburris his messmate & friend Arterburris brother witnessed the killing & represents it as committed in momentary passion wantonly provoked by deceased & repented as soon as done... Officers & others think it a proper case for executive clemency & beseech you to commute the sentence to imprisonment for term of years or life. grant reprieve until the case can be laid before you...
Inferences about the telegram
No reply from the officer in command at Chattanooga, Colonel Caleb H Carlton, has been found. It can be assumed that Reed was executed since there is no account of a reply from Col. Carlton.
- Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/lincoln8/1:193?rgn=div1;singlegenre=All;sort=occur;subview=detail;type=simple;view=fulltext;q1=Reed