Galena, May 30th 1861
I have now been home near a week but return to Springfield to-day. I have tendered my services to the Government 1 and go to-day to make myself useful, if possible, from this until all our national difficulties are ended. During the six days I have been at home I have felt all the time as if a duty was being neglected that was paramount to any other duty I ever owed. I have evry reason to be well satisfied with myself for the services already rendered but to stop now would not do.
All here are well. Orvil or Lank will write to you in a day or two and tell you how business matters stand. Write to me at Springfield.
|U. S. GRANT|
Springfield June 1st/61
I arrived here last evening and was some what disappointed at finding that the Governer had not yet returned from Washington. What I may do I can not yet know but on my arrival here I find that I had been spoken of for the Colonelcy of a Regiment now partly made up. 1 In a few days all will be determined and then I will either go home to stay or will know what I am to do.