“Freddy reached here yesterday all well”

My son Fred has arrived to spend the week with me here at City Point.  I wrote Julia to let her know that he arrived safely.

City Point, Va, Dec. 26th 1864,.
Dear Julia,
Freddy reached here yesterday all well. I telegraphed you immediately on his arrival but you may not have received the dispatch. I had just ordered my horse to take a ride when he and Will Smith made their appearance at the head of the steps coming up the river bank. I at once sent for another horse and took Fred, with me. He has gone to-day with Capt. Hudson and two or three other officers to Gen. Meade’s Hd Qrs. To-morrow he and his Uncle Fred go up to see Gen. Ord by special invitation. Altogether I think he will have a good time of it while he stays here. I will start him back promptly on New Years day so that he shall loose no time at, or from, school.

I do not know whether the PayMasters will have any money to pay at the end of this month so I will write to Russell Jones to send you all he has of mine. It must amount to several hundred dollars besides the gold.

All well here now. The good news received from Sherman is worth a great deal at this time. The rebels are very despondent and say, some of them, their cause is already lost. Love and kisses for you and the children.
Ulys.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 13, p 166-7