Washington, D.C.: February 18, 1864.. 1864.. Very good.. - Octavo, 7-1/2 inches high by 5-1/8 inches wide. Softcover, printed self- wraps consisting of 2 pages of text on both sides of one sheet with an attached blank leaf. There are 2 equidistant holes along the left edge and very minor creases to the front and top edges. The report is signed in type by General E.D. Townsend, as Assistant Adjutant General. Very good.
"General Orders, No. 60. War Department" reporting on the trial of Private Jonas Aikins, an African-American soldier serving in the Union Army with the 1st South Carolina Volunteers. Accused of mutinous conduct after refusing an order and muttered "I would like to shoot every white officer." Aikins was judged guilty and sentenced to be shot to death, but the sentence was here commuted by order of President Lincoln to 12 months of hard labor "the president directs that the sentence ... be commuted 'to confinement at hard labor, at Fort Clinch, Amelia Island, Florida under the orders of the Commanding Officer of the forces there, for twelve (12) months, and a loss of all pay and allowances, except the necessary food and clothing for the same period.'". The 1st South Carolina Volunteers was the first African-American regiment in the Union army, and was composed of escaped slaves. The regiment was later known as the 33rd United States Colored Troops. First Edition.