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

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To Julia Dent

City of Mexico
September 1847

MY DEAREST JULIA

Because you have not heard from me for so long a time you must not think that I have neglected to write or in the least forgotten one who is so ever dear to me. For several months no mail has gone to Vera Cruz except such as Editors of papers send by some Mexican they hire and these generally fall into the hands of the enemy who infest the wole line from here to the sea coast. Since my last letter to you four of the hardest fougt battles that the world ever witnessed have taken place, and the most astonishing victories have crowned the American arms. But dearly have they paid for it! The loss of officers and men killed and wounded is frightful. Among the wounded you will find Fred's name but he is now walking about and in the course of two weeks more will be entirely well. I saw Fred. a moment after he received his

1 but escaped myself untouched. It is to be hoped that such fights it will not be our misfortune to again during the war, and how can be? The whole Mexican army is destroyed or disbursed, they have lost nearly all their artillery and other munitions of war; we are occupying the rich and populace valley from which the great part of their revenues are collected and all their sea ports are cut off from them. Evry thing looks as if peace should be established soon; but perhaps my anxiety to get back to see again my Dearest Julia makes me argue thus. The idea of staying longer in this country is to me insupportable. Just think of the three long years that have passed since we met. My health has always been good, but exposure to weather and a Tropicle Sun had added ten years to my apparent age. At this rate I will soon be old. —Out of all the officers that left Jefferson Barracks with the 4th Infantry but three besides myself now remains with us, besides this four or five who joined

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