Wrote my Father, “Your letter asking if Mr. Leathers can be passed South, and enclosing two extracts from papers is received.
“It is entirely out of the question to pass persons South. We have many Union Men sacrificing their lives now from exposure, as well as battle, in a cause brought about by Secession and it is necessary for the security of the thousands still exposed that all communication should be cut off between the two sections.
“As to that article in the Hawk Eye, it gives me no uneasiness whatever. The Iowa Regiment did its duty fully and my report gives it full credit. All who were on the battle field know where Gen. McClernand and my self were and it needs no resort to the public press for our vindication. The other extract gives our loss in killed and wounded almost exactly correct. Our missing however is only three or four over one hundred. Recent information received through deserters shows that the rebel loss from killed wounded and missing reaches about 2500. One thing is certain, after the battle about one third of Columbus was used for Hospitals and many were removed to houses in the country. There were also two Steamboat loads sent to Memphis and the largest Hotel in the city taken as a Hospital. The city was put in mourning and all business suspended for a day, and the citizens thrown into the greatest consternation lest they would be attacked.”
The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 3, p 238-9