“Unless there is immediate necessity of my return, I will remain here until Saturday”

Nov 21 1862.  I sent a telegram from Columbus Ky to Gen. McPherson, informing him that Gen. Sherman has not yet met me here and that, barring necessity, I will remain here until I can meet with him.

Columbus 21st Nov

Genl McPherson

Is all quiet on the front; no boat has arrived here since Wednesday [Nov 19] and it is reported that quite a number of boats are aground between here and Memphis.  Riggin may be on one of those boats and Sherman consequently not have my order to meet me here.  Unless there is immediate necessity of my return, I will remain here until Saturday.  Answer.

US Grant

Maj Genl

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 6, p 338

McPherson Papers, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

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