June 12 1862, Wrote Julia, “It is bright and early (before the morning mail leaves) and I thought to write you that in a few days, Monday the 16th, I would leave here. I hope to be off on Monday for Memphis and if so, want you to join me there. I will write again however just before starting and it may be will have arranged to go after you instead of you coming by yourself. I would love most dearly to get away from care for a week or two.
“I am very well. This is apparently an exceedingly fine climate and one to enjoy health in. Citizens are beginning to return to Corinth and seem to think the Yankees a much less bloody, revengeful and to be dreaded people, than they had been led to think.
“In my mind there is no question but that this war could be ended at once if the whole Southern people could express their unbiased feeling untrammeled by leaders. The feeling is kept up however by crying out Abolitionist against us and this is unfortunately sustained by the acts of a very few among us. There have been instances of negro stealing, persons going to the houses of farmers who have remained at home, being inclined to Union sentiments, and before their eyes persuade their blacks to mount up behind them and go off. Of course, I can trace such conduct to no individual, but believe the guilty parties have never heard the whistle of a single bullet nor intentionally never will.
“Give my love to all at home. Kisses for yourself and children.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 5, p 142-3
Library of Congress – USG