Here we are, playing war a thousand miles from home, making show and parades, but not doing enough fighting to much amuse either the enemy or ourselves, consuming rations enough to have carried us to the capital of Mexico. If our mission is to occupy the enemy's country, it is a success, for we are inertly here; but if to conquer, it seems to some of us who have no control that we might as well be performing the job with greater energy. While the authorities at Washington are at sea as to who shall lead the army, the enterprise ought and could be accomplished.
John W. Emerson, "Grant's Life in the West and his Mississippi Valley Campaigns," The Midland Monthly, VII, 2 (Feb., 1897), 139-40.
Camp Palo Alto Texas
Jan. 31st 1847.
Here with I enclose you my Monthly Summary Statement for the month of Jan. 1847 and Muster Rolls.
On the night of the 6th of Jan. 1847 I had stolen from my Quarters in monteray a chest containing all my Quarter Master funds besides several hundred dollars more. This money I am not able at present to replace and as it was not through negligence