“When the great battle will come off is hard to predict.”

May 20 1862, Wrote Julia, “Again I write you from this camp in the Oak woods near Corinth.  It would be a beautiful place for a Picnic but not so pleasant to make home at.  Since my last our troops have moved up some two miles nearer the scene of the next great conflict but Gen. Halleck and myself still remain.  The lines are so long that it is about as convenient to visit them from here as from some nearer point.

“When the great battle will come off is hard to predict.  No pains will be spared to make our success certain and the is scarcely that man in our army who doubts the result.”

“I want very much to see you and the children.  When I will have that pleasure is hard to tell.  If we get any place where we are likely to remain any time, you can join me but the children must remain at school.  Does Missie continue to learn as fast as she did?  Is Jess a good boy and how often does he fight his Grandpa and Aunt Mary?  You have never told me what he says about his five shooter that i am saving to take him.  Jess must be about big enough now to leave his Ma and join me as Aid-de-Camp.  Tell him that if he can ride a horse, wear a sword and fire his pistol, to come on.  It won’t do for him to be a soldier though if he ever cries.  He must try and go without showing such youthful weakness for a week before he starts.

“Give my love to all at home.  This is the third letter I have written since receiving one from you.

“Kisses for yourself and children.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 127-8

Library of Congress – USG

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