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Stanton, Edwin McMasters (1814-1869) Order for a military commission

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01975 Author/Creator: Stanton, Edwin McMasters (1814-1869) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph document Date: 1 May 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written on War Dept. stationery, with "War Department" struck and substituting "Executive Chamber." Title taken from docket. A draft for the orders by which the Booth conspirators were given military trial. Written as Secretary of War.

People: Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Assassination Lincoln Assassination, Lincoln's Cabinet, Criminals and Outlaws, Law, Military History, Military Law, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The American Civil War