Since it looks as if there will be a pause in the campaign against Richmond, I would like to take a few days to visit my family in Philadelphia. I wrote Sec. Stanton,
CITY POINT, VA.,
November 13, 1864-8.30 a. m.
Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
As soon as troops begin to arrive here rapidly so as to insure against offensive operations on the part of the enemy, I want to run up home for a day or two. I can go and return before troops enough will have arrived for me to take the offensive. I would not if I could just now do anything to force the enemy out of Richmond or Petersburg. It would liberate too much of a force to oppose Sherman with.
U. S. GRANT,
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 413
O.R., I, xlii, part 3, p 612