other year certainly cannot roll round before that happy event. My I must now bring my letter to a close. I wish I had time to write a much longer one. Give my love to all at White Haven. Write to me soon Julia.
Your Most devoted
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DLC-USG, postmarked New Orleans, May 13, 1846.
Head Quarters Mexican Army
May 11th 1846
MY DEAR JULIA
After two hard fought battles 1 against a force far superior to our own in numbers, Gen. Taylor has got possesion of the Enemy's camp and now I am writing on the head of one of thecaptured drums. I wrote to you from Point Isabel and told you of the march we had and of the suspected attack upon the little force left near Matamoras. About two days after I wrote we left Point Isabel with about 300 waggons loaded with Army supplies. For the first 18 miles our course was uninterupted but at the end of that distance we found the Mexican Army, under the command of General Arista 2 drawn up in line of battle waiting our approach. Our waggons were immediately parked and Gen. Taylor marched us up towards them. When we got in range of their Artillery they let us have it right and left. They had I believe 12 pieces. Our guns were then rounded at them and so the battle commenced. Our Artillery amounted to 8 guns of six pound calibre and 2 Eighteen pounders. Evry moment we could see the charges from our pieces cut a way through their ranks