We are somewhat in hope that Col. Whistler will join us here. He writes that he is determined to come and asks for advice as to whether he had better bring his family with him. The advice will likely be (the Colonels letter was to the Adjutant) a short discription of this post; its conveniences & its inconveniencies. It is undoubtedly the best station in Oregon and the Colonel would not probably subject to a change for four or five years. The policy seems to be to transfer the enlisted men, when their time is near out, to some Regiment that has been but a short time in the country, and order the officers home to recruit new men. Give my love to all at home, kiss our little ones for me, and dream often of me. Dont fail to write as often as I told you.
Adieu dear dear wife
Your affectionate husband
Columbia Barracks O. T.
February 15th 1853.
DEAR JULIA :
The Mail Steamer will be here to-day and I must fill up three pages for you, in advance, leaving the fourth to answer anything I may get from you. Since my last I have been very well. My opinion of Vancouver still remains unchanged. My hope is that I may be promoted to a company stationed at this post. The probabilities however are that I shall have to go to Humbolt
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: 1837-1861. Volume: 1. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1967. Page number: 287.
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