June 2 1862, While I was packing up to leave, Gen. Sherman arrived. He asked if it were true that I was going away. I told him it was. He asked why and I told him, “Sherman, you know. You know that I am in the way here. I have stood it as long as I can and can endure it no longer.” He asked where I was going, to which I replied “St. Louis”. “Do you have any business there?” he asked. “Not a bit,” I replied.
Sherman then asked me to stay. “Before the battle of Shiloh, I was cast down by a mere newspaper assertion of ‘crazy’, but that single battle gave me new life, and I am now in high feather.” He argued that if I went away I would be left out of the war, but if I remained, some happy accident might restore me to my true place. I was touched, and promised to think about what he had said, and not to go away until I had communicated with him further.
Grant, JE Smith, p 212
Grant: A Biography, William S McFeely, p 118-9
Memoirs, William T Sherman, p 237-8