The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861 - Vol. 2

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the joke) without the capacity to turn his position to account. He had better keep cool and claim to have always been for the Union.

To say so little I have written you a long letter. Remember me to all our friends, relations. Kiss the children for me and accept a dozen for yourself.

ULYS.
ALS, DLC-USG.
1.
USG was back in Galena on May 24, 1861.
2.
See letter of May 10, 1861.
3.
Ibid.
4.
In 1859, USG had been a partner in a real estate firm in St. Louis. PUSG, 1, 345-47.
5.
See letters of May 2, 6, 1861.
6.
See PUSG, 1, 357.
7.
On Saturday, May 11, USG had mustered in the 8th Congressional District Regt. at Belleville, Ill. He probably went to Caseyville, about ten miles north of Belleville, in order to make railroad connections with Mattoon. While in Caseyville, he visited the 12th Ill., Co. F of which was composed of the former Jo Daviess Guards. Augustus L. Chetlain, Recollections of Seventy Years ( Galena, 1899), p. 76; Thomas J. McCormack, ed., Memoirs of Gustave Koerner, 1809-1896 (Cedar Rapids, 1909), II, 146.
8.
See letter of May 10, 1861.
9.
Ibid.
To Julia Dent Grant
Anna, Ill.
May 21 st 1861
DEAR JULIA;

I am through at this place 1 and will leave in about one hour for Cairo, where I shall only remain until evening. I will then return to Springfield when I may be released from further duty. I am not however by any means certain of that for I know that I have been applied for for other service. 2 I will write you again on Thirsday 3 if I am not at home. I might about as well volun

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