Aug 29 1861 “I have a task before me of no trifling moment and want all the encouragement possible”

Aug 29 1861 Wrote Julia, “I have a moment to drop you a line in but at this time I cannot inform you where I am going.  I know that there is a Steamer laying at the Wharf, loaded with troops, ready to start whenever I go aboard.  I will have my orders after breakfast.  I was taken a good deal by surprise yesterday about 11 O’ Clock to get orders to report at once to Gen. Fremont for Special Orders.  I wish I could be kept with one Brigade steadily.  But I suppose it is a compliment to be selected so often for what is supposed to be important service.”

“Remember me to all in Galena.  Kiss the children for me and try to encourage me.  I have a task before me of no trifling moment and want all the encouragement possible.  Remember that my success will depend a great deal upon myself and that the safety of our country, to some extent, and my reputation and that of our children greatly depends upon my acts.”

Library of Congress, U S Grant

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