The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: 1837-1861 - Vol. 1

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San Patricio was about twenty-five miles inland from Corpus Christi on the Nueces River.
2nd Lt. Benjamin A. Berry of S. C., USMA 1841.

To Julia Dent

Corpus Christi Texas
Oct. 10th 1845


Yesterday evening we had a mail which was the first for several weeks and

as it was a very large one I was in hopes that I would hear from you, but how disappointed I was! not a single letter out of several hundred to the officers at this place was directed to me. I wrote you my third letter since I have been in Texas a few days ago but finding an opportunity of sending a letter all the way by politeness I write to you again Mr. Reeves 1 will deliver this in person and no doubt will have a great deal to tell you about us all here. What we are to do is hard to surmise, but as I have told you in several previous letters it is supposed that we will remain until spring and then a large proportion return to the States. Those that remain will probably commence puting up quarters for a permanent post, and really I dont know but it would be desirable to remain in Texas. It is just the kind of country Julia that we have often spoken of in our most romantic conversations. It is the place where we could gallop over the prairies and start up Deer and prairie birds and occationally see droves of wild horses or an Indian wigwam. The climate is delightful and healthy and the soil fertile, and when protected by troops no doubt will be settled up very rapidly. —The more we see of the Mexicans the more improbable it seems that we can ever get into war with her. Yucatan, one of Mexico's most powerful states has told Mexico to do their own fighting for they wont assist, besides this they are on the eve of a revolution with their own subjects, and so far as we have seen, the poorer


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