“The weather continues dismal here and roads almost impassible.”

Feb 10 1863.  I wrote Julia,

Dear Julia,

Your letter brought by Capt. Hatch says that you had then received but one letter from me.  I have written not less than four others and probably more.  Generally I have directed to the care of Hillyer.  You had better send to the Post Office to enquire if there are not letters there for you.

The weather continues dismal here and roads almost impassible.  Water on a portion of the point of land occupied by our troops would be six feet deep if the Levees were cut.  It is most disagreeable and trying to our men, this weather, but so far as I see they are not wanting in cheerfulness.

I shall be going up the river in a few days again, as far as Lake Providence, and possibly to Delta, but I will not be able to go to Memphis, that is, I cannot.  My whole time, if not occupied, at least my whole presence with my duties are required.

Since I come down here I have felt the necessity of staff officers.  All were away at one point and another on duty and still others have been required, that is of a calls that can do something.  Such as Capt. Prime, Lieut. Wilson and others.  Bowers we feel the loss of, but Rawlins feels that more than I do.

I am writing before breakfast because the mail goes out at 12 to-day and I have so much to write to Washington that i could not take a moment after setting down to work.

Kisses for yourself and Jess.


The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 308-9

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