Wrote Mary, “As to the needlessness of the movements of troops I am a better judge than the news reporters who write about it.”

Oct 26 1861 Wrote my sister Mary, “I have gone longer this time without writing to you than I intended and have no good excuse for it.  I have rec’d two letters, at least, from you and father since my last one of which wanted special answer.  As I have not got that letter before me I may fail to answer some points.  As to my not taking Columbus there are several reasons for it which I understand perfectly and could make plain to anyone else but do not fell disposed to commit the reasons to paper.  As to the needlessness of the movements of troops I am a better judge than the news reporters who write about it.  My whole administration of affairs seems to have given entire satisfaction to those who have the right to judge and should have the ability to judge correctly.  I find by a little absence for the last few days (under orders) that my whole course has received marked approbation from citizens and soldiers, so much so that many who are comparative strangers to me are already claiming for me promotion.  This is highly gratifying, but I do not think any promotions should be made for the present.  Let service tell who are the deserving ones and give them the promotion.”

“I send you, with this, likeness of myself and staff.  No 1 you will have no difficulty in recognizing.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant Vol 3, p 75-7

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