Well lookeee here. Not a surprise.
["Hicks, The Pirate, Still Alive.- The New York Leader of the 25th has the following, which resembles very much a canard:
The is now no further use in concealing that A. W. Hicks, who was ostensibly executed for piracy on the 13th ult., is still living, though in a dangerous state, but likely to recover the full use of his faculties and limbs. The sight of his left eye is gone and his left arm and leg continue paralyzed; but, apart from those injuries, he would appear to have suffered nothing.
It is said that Hicks was pulled up only 2 ½ feet and suspended only 13 minutes, being afterwards restored by the electro chemical bath"]
Now this is just wrong. They knew just how to hang someone then and this looks to be deliberate. If he was s'posed to "hang by the neck until dead", why'd they revive him? Looks to me like they really wanted him to suffer a fate worse than death.