The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April 1 - August 31, 1862 - Vol. 5

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ALS, DLC-USG. David Tod of Youngstown, unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio in 1844 and 1846, prosperous in coal and iron in the 1850's, was elected governor by the Union Party in 1861. Jesse R. Grant, who had once lived with Tod's parents, maintained a friendship with the family. Memoirs, I, 19-20; Richardson, pp. 42-44; New York Times, Sept. 7, 1868. On March 22, 1863, Douglas Putnam, Jr., was appointed It. col., 92nd Ohio. His account of experiences at Shiloh with USG is in T. M. Hurst, "Battle of Shiloh," American Historical Magazine, VII, 1 (Jan., 1902), 27-28; Douglas Putnam, Jr., "Reminiscences of the Battle of Shiloh," Sketches of War History 1861-1865 (Cincinnati, 1890), III, 197-211.

To Julia Dent Grant

Corinth Mississippi,
June 9th 1862


I expected by this time to be at home, but fate is against it. You need not now look for me atal but you may look for a letter soon where to join me. I do not know where myself but in all probability it will be in West Tennessee.

Privately I say to you that when I talked of going home and leaving my command here there was quite a feeling among the troops, at least so epressed by Gen. officers below me, against my going. 1 I will have to stay. It is bearly possible that I may be able to leave long enough to go after you and bring you on. If so I will do it. —It would afford me the greatest pleasure to be relieved from active duty for even a short time. People in civil life have no idea of the immense labor devolving on a commander in the field. If they had they never would envy them. Rawlins has become so perfectly posted in the duties of the office that I am relieved entirely from the routine.

Cols. Hillyer & Lagow are also familiar with the duties and Aid me out of doors materially.

Although Gen. Sherman has been made a Maj. Gen. by the battle of Shiloh I have never done half justice by him. With green troops he was my standby during that trying day of Sunday,


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