“I certainly shall be able to go home within a few days”

I just returned to Washington from Raleigh.  I hopefully will be able to see Julia and the children soon.  I wrote her,

Washington Apl. 29th 1865

Dear Julia,
I have just returned after a pleasant trip to Raleigh N. C. where Gn, Sherman succeeded in bringing Johnston to terms which are perfectly satisfactory to me and I hope will be well received by the country, I have not yet been able to look over the papers to see what has transpired in my absence. As your letters have been forwarded to Raleigh I do not know whether you have moved yet or are talking of doing so.  I certainly shall be able to go home within a few days but before doing so some orders looking to the reduction of the Army, and expenses of the Nation generally, must be attended to.

Love and Kisses for you and the children.
Ulys

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 14, p 436-7