“I would like to [command] the advance down the river, but unless I am able to do it soon cannot expect it”

Sept 22 1861 Wrote Julia, “Father’s letter giving an account of Simps last moments made me sad.  I have felt sad all day long.  Why did not Mary go out with father?”

“I regret exceedingly that my force here has been, from necessity, kept too much reduced to admit of an advance upon Columbus.  Taking possession of Paducah has necessarily taken off a large force and to advance, a Garrison must be left to occupy the positions around Cairo.  I would like to have the honor of commanding the Army that makes the advance down the river, but unless I am able to do it soon cannot expect it.  There are too many Generals who rank me that have commands inferior to mine for me to retain it.”

“Kiss all the children for me.  Jess is to have two bits to spend for himself and Martha Rebecca the same.  One at a time however is enough for them to spend their money.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 2, p 300

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