“I go tonight to St. Louis to see General Halleck”

Jan 23 1862 Wrote my sister Mary, “You have seen through the papers notice of my return from the great expedition into Kentucky.  My orders were such and the force with me also so small that no attack was allowable.  I made good use of the time however, making a splendid reconnaissance of the country over which an army may have to move.  I have now a larger force than General Scott ever commanded prior to our present difficulties .  I do hope it will be my good fortune to retain so important a command for at least one battle.  I believe there is no portion of our whole army better prepared to contest a battle than there is within my district, and I am very much mistaken if I have not got the confidence of officers and men.  This is all important, especially so with new troops.  I go tonight to St. Louis to see General Halleck;  will be back on Sunday morning.  I expect but little quiet from this on and if you receive but short, unsatisfying letters hereafter, you need not be surprised.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 4, p 96-7

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