Jan 28 1863. Upon my arrival at Youngs Point, La, I wrote my wife Julia,
We have just arrived here all safe and well, but being after dusk and the troops ashore will not learn anything of the situation of affairs until morning.
If I find that I shall not go back to Memphis until the reduction of Vicksburg is attempted, I will write to you so that you can go and make the children a visit. The trip, with nothing to bother me, makes me feel well. The living on the boat is very fine and my appetite good. The Capt. and owner of the boat is Capt. Shinkle of Covington, Ky.
Kiss Jess for me.
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 253