I have very little news to write and but little time. Evry thing is quiet with us. To-day however our Pickets had a little skirmish with some rebels killing three or four probably. 1 These things are so common that they are hardly noticed.
Fathers letter giving an account of Simps last moments made me sad. I have felt sad all day long. Why did not Mary go out with father ? I regret exceedingly that my force here has been, from necessity, kept too much reduced to admit of an advance upon Columbus. Taking possession of Paducah has necessarily taken off a large force and to advance a Garrison must be left to occupy the positions around Cairo. I would like to have the honor of commanding theArmy that makes the advance down the river, but unless I am able to do it soon cannot expect it. There are to many Generals who rank me that have commands inferior to mine for me to retain it.
Kiss all the children for me. Jess is to have two bits to spend for himself and Martha Rebecca 2 the same. One at a time however is enough for them to spend their money.
Father speaks of coming by here on his way home. I should like to see him very much.
Give my love to all our friends. Write to me often.
Sept 23 1861.|
|MAJ. GEN. FREMONT|
Information from Columbus indicate the rebels are crossing to Belmont, taking away two gun boats. The third is laid up &
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Publication information: Book title: The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861. Volume: 2. Contributors: John Y. Simon - Editor. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1969. Page number: 300.
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