the guards. I have informed Gen. McClernand that this order would be sent direct to save time. Send out all your Cavalry towards Purdy, to reconnotre the country in that direction.
Your Obt. Servant
U. S. GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 86; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 157-58. See preceding letter. See also O. R., I, x, part 2, 158-59.
May 4th 1862
Olando Ross 1 has just arrived bringing a letter for me from you and also one from father. The latter seems very anxious that I should contradict the statements made by the newspapers! Dont he know the best contradiction in the world is to pay no attention to them ? I am in the best health in the world. I think I must be twenty pounds heavyer than when first arrived at Savanna. I was then much reduced however from Diareah. My weight now must be 150 pounds. Orley says that Missy is one of the smartest little girls to learn in Covington. I wrote to you that when you heard of my arrival any place on the Mississippi river you might join me. We now have our advance within three miles of Corinth. Every day our column moves up closer to the enemy. It is a big job however to get a large Army over country roads where it has been raining for the last five months. If we could go strung along the road where there was no enemy to meet it would be different. Here however the front must be kept compact and we do well to approach a few miles every day.