HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY,
Lexington, Ky. July 27, 1864
Capt. J. E. MERRITT,
Commanding Squadron Eleventh Michigan Cavalry:
CAPTAIN: You will proceed with your squadron and two prisoners,
Wooten and Woods, to Georgetown, Ky. You will guard them closely,
and upon your arrival at Georgetown will order two coffins, not to
exceed in price $8, the bill of which will be sent to Capt. Thomas D.
Fitch, assistant quartermaster, Lexington, for payment. After
procuring the coffins and making necessary preparations, you will execute
the order issued from headquarters District of Kentucky, which is that
prisoners R.G. Wooten and William Woods shall be shot to death at
or near Georgetown, Ky., in retaliation for murder of Robinson at
Georgetown, Ky. You will also procure the services of any priest they
may ask for. After the execution of this order you will report the
proceedings "officially" to these headquarters.
By command of Brigadier-General McLean:
Captain and Prov. Mar. Gen., First Div., Dist. of Kentucky.
Source: Official Records, Series 1, Volume 39, Part 2.
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