“There is but little doubt but that Fort Donelson was the hardest fought battle on the Continent”

Feb 22 1861, Wrote Julia, “You no doubt received a letter from me immediately on your arrival in Covington.  I will write to you frequently but short.  How long I shall be here is uncertain, but not many days I am confident.

“I see from the papers, and also from a dispatch sent me by Mr. Washburn, that the Administration have thought well enough of my administration of affairs to make me a Maj. General.  Is father afraid yet that I will not be able to sustain myself?  He expressed apprehensions on that point when I was made a Brigadier.

“There is but little doubt but that Fort Donelson was the hardest fought battle on the Continent.  I was extremely lucky to be the Commanding officer.  From the accounts received here it must have created a perfect furor through the North.

“I am in most perfect health and ready for anything even to chasing Floyd & Pillow.  There is but little hope however of ever overhauling them.  They are as dead as if they were in their graves for any harm they can do.

“To go over the works here it looks as if the enemy had nothing to do but stand in their places to hold them.  I have no doubt but you have read of Fort Donelson until you have grown tired of the name, so I shall write you no more on the subject.  Hope to make a new subject soon.  Give my love to all at home.  Kiss the children for me and write me all the news.

“Tell Mary to write me also.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 4, p 271-2

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