Culpepper May 2d 1864
The train that takes this letter will be the last going to Washington. This then is the last letter you can receive from me until the Army strikes some new base. The telegraph will be working for a few days however so that you will hear through the papers what the Army is doing.
Before you receive this I will be away from Culpepper and the Army will be in motion. I know the greatest anxiety is now felt in the North for the sucsess of this move, and that the anxiety will increase when it is once known that the Army is in motion. I feel well myself. Do not know that this is any criterion to judge results because I have never felt otherwise. I believe it has never been my misfortune to be placed where I lost my presence of mind, unless indeed it has been when thrown in strange company, particularly of ladies. Under such circumstances I know I must appear like a fool.
I received a letter from Buck this evening. It was very well written. He says he can speak German a little.
All your letters reach me the second day after they are written. If I do not get one to-morrow I shall not expect to hear from you for several weeks. All the letters you write however send to me directed to Washington and they will come to me by first opportunity.
Love and Kisses for you and Jess.
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: January 1 - May 31, 1864. Volume: 10. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor, Ulysses S. Grant - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 394.
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