Col. Riggin is not with me. All the rest of my Staff are however. Hillyer & Lagow will be Colonels. 3 Rawlins is a Maj. and ought to be a Brig. Gen.
I have been writing here in my tent ever since breakfast, it is now long after dinner, and have a pile yet before me that will take until bed time.
Kisses for yourself dear Julia.
Pittsburg Landing, Ten.
April 25th 1862
Your letter of the 12th inst. has just reached me.
In reply I would state that I should be very glad if it was possible to have you attached to my Staff as Inspector Gen. I have however no power of appointing but if my recommendation will do any good you shall have it most cheerfully.
There will be another movement here before this reaches you which I hope will wind up the big battles. By the way the papers are giving me fits for the last. This matter will all be understood after a while, without any explanations from me, and will appear much better than at present. It does not seem to be taken into account that with a forceless than 35,000 men we kept at bay all day Sunday over 80,000. As to the surprise spoken of we could not have been better prepared had the enemy sent word three
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862. Volume: 5. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1973. Page number: 73.
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