“During the present week I think the fate of Vicksburg will be decided”

Yesterday I wrote Julia,

June 29th 1863

Dear Julia,
During the present week I think the fate of Vicksburg will be decided. Johnston is still hovering beyond the Black river and will attack before you receive this or never. After accumulating so large an army as he has, at at such risk of loosing other points in the Confederacy by doing it, he cannot back out without giving battle or losing prestige. I expect a fight by Wednesday or Thursday. There may be much loss of life but I feel but little doubt as to the result.—Saturday or Sunday next I set for the fall of Vicksburg. You can come down then and bring the children with you. We will have to make some arrangement for them to go to school as soon as schools open after vacation. You will have to stay with them as a general thing but by selecting a good place for you and them to board you can visit me a part of the time, when I am still. I do not expect to be still much however whilst the war lasts.
Fred, has returned from his uncles. He does not look very well but is not willing to go back until Vicksburg falls. I think I will send him a trip as far North as St. Paul after the fall of Vicksburg.  Remember me to all at home. You do not say whether you have leased the farm or not. I do not want White to hold it.
Kiss the children for me.
Ulys.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 8, p 444-5

Library of Congress, Ulysses S Grant