“I look upon it as hopeless to run after Jeff when he has none but friends in front”

Nov 19 1861 Wrote Col. William HL Wallace, “Your dispatch is just received.  We learn that Thompson left an hour before sundown yesterday.  I shall return to Cairo tonight and you can do the same.

“I look upon it as hopeless to run after Jeff when he has none but friends in front.  I hope however you may succeed in capturing his artillery of which I understand he has two pieces.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3, p 191

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