“I want to run up home for a day or two”

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,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 12, p 413

O.R., I, xlii, part 3, p 612

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