July 7th 1862
MRS. MAJ. GEN. SHERMAN
MY DEAR MADAM,
Your letter of the 2d inst. is just this moment received.
Two weeks ago to-day on my way from Corinth Miss. to this place I passed the place where your husband was then in camp with his command. Knowing that he had been quite unwell for some time, 1 and knowing too his indefatigable zeal and energy in whatever it is his duty to do, I proposed giving him a leave then. He would not listen to it then saying that he was improving and would take good care of himself; and further that his services could not be spared at this time. I felt the truth of the latter objection knowing that Gen. Shermans place would be hard to fill.
I will telegraph to the Gen. and if he will consent to a leave will have it obtained for him. 2
Just as the above was pened a dispatch was handed me from the Gen. of this date. 3 No mention is made of his health however.
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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: 200.
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