Aug 26 1861 “[M]y impression is that there is no force sufficiently strong to attempt [an attack]”

Aug 26 1861 Wrote Julia, “How long we will be here and whether I will get to go home is hard to tell.  Gen. Fremont promised that I should but if a forward movement is to take place I fear I shall not. — When I was ordered away from Ironton nearly all the commanders of regiments expressed regret I am told.  The fact is my whole career since the beginning of present unhappy difficulties has been complimented in a very flattering manner.  All my old friends in the Army and out seem to heartily congratulate me.  I scarcely ever get to go out of the house and consequently see but little of the people here.  There seems to be no stir however except among the troops and they are quiet.  There is considerable apprehension of an attack soon but my means of information are certainly better than can be had by most others and my impression is that there is no force sufficiently strong to attempt anything of the kind under a weeks march.”

Library of Congress via Papers of US Grant Vol 2 p 141

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