“Gen. Halleck is here and I am truly glad of it. I hope the papers will let me alone in the future.”

Wrote Julia, “Again I write you from this place where I verily believe it has rained almost continuously since the beginning of the year.  No doubt we will leave here so soon as the roads become passable.  I, however, am no longer boss.  Gen. Halleck is here and I am truly glad of it.  I hope the papers will let me alone in the future.  If the papers only knew how little ambition I have outside of putting down this rebellion and getting back once more to live quietly and unobtrusively with my family, I think they would say less and have fewer falsehoods to their account.  I do not look much at the papers now, consequently saving myself much uncomfortable feeling.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5 p 72

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