“Heretofore I have had nothing to do but fight the enemy. This time I have to overcome obstacles to reach him”

I wrote Julia,

Dear Julia,
I do not know where a letter will reach you but will venture to send it to the care of Col. Hillyer at Memphis.
I am very well but much perplexed. Heretofore I have had nothing to do but fight the enemy.
This time I have to overcome obstacles to reach him. Foot once upon dry land on the other side of the river I think the balance would be of but short duration. I am now looking for Fred home. Was your visit to Cincinnati disagreeable.? I have had no letter from you since you left Memphis but heard of you at Cincinnati.

It would be a great holiday for me to have one month to myself.

Just here Dr. Holston come in with a message from you. I am glad you and the children all look so well.

Did you keep my black coat ? I looked for it last night and find it is not in there.

The health of the troops is good here.

Rawlins & Staff generally are well. Lagow is in Memphis. I am afraid it will be a long time before he gets strong again.

Remember me to Col. & Mrs. Hillyer.

Kisses for yourself and children.

Good bye Dear Julia.

Ulys.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 7, p 479-80

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