“I venture no prediction when Corinth will be taken”

May 24 1862, Wrote Julia, “I have just received three letters from you, one of them enclosing a letter from Fred.  I wish you would make all the children write to me even if it is only a few lines they have to copy.

“You must have received some of my letters before this, but you make no reference to them which would indicate it.

“I have written you to join me whenever you hear of me being on the Mississippi river.  I will now change that.  You must join me as soon as possible, but wait until you get a letter from me saying where.  It is hard to predict where I may be after the next great battle is fought.

“If our success is complete I may be stationed in some Southern state with some degree of permanency or may be sent around on the coast to operate there, or may get leave of absence to go home for a time.  I want no leave whilst there are active operations, but confess that a few weeks relaxation would be hailed with a degree of pleasure never experienced by me before.

“My duties are now much lighter than they have been heretofore.  Gen. Halleck being present relieves me of great responsibility and Rawlins has become thoroughly acquainted with the routine of office and takes off my hands the examination of most all papers.  I think he is one of the best men I ever knew and if another War should break out, or this one be protracted, he would make one of the best General officers to be found in the country.  He unites talent with energy, and great honesty, which, I am sorry to say is not universal int his war where patriotism alone, (and which cannot be genuine unless strictly honest), governs.

“I venture no prediction when Corinth will be taken, but that it will be taken there is no doubt.  You may expect to hear from me every three or four days and to join me soon.  William Smith arrived here this evening.  He will probably remain a week.

“Enclosed you will find receipt for the $250 00 sent some time ago.  I will probably be able to send $500 00 more at the end of the month.  Love to all at home.  Kiss the children for me.  Same for yourself.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 129-30

Library of Congress – USG

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