A Brief Respite
Caldwell Washn June 4th 630 P.M. 1862
For Appian Let execution of sentence
of Daily Margraff and Harrington be
respited till further order from me
they remaining in close custody mean
while Bethune Rosetta Hot dusty awful
This telegraph has been published elsewhere (Bethune in this case stands in for Lincoln), but it’s hard to find further information about what happened to these deserters. The men were members of the 146th New York Volunteers, and complaints were made in New York that recruiters enlisted men for 3 year periods when they thought they were committing to 6 or 8 months. This reprieve from Lincoln, coming a day before their scheduled execution, may be the product of a letter that Alfred J. Bloor sent to Charles Sumner on behalf of Margraff’s father.