cause this is more a private matter, and one in which I may possibly be wrong, than on official business.
I am Gen. very respectfully
your obt. svt.
U. S. GRANT
ALS, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Miss., Letters Received. On May 12, 1862, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck wrote to USG. "Your position as second in command of the entire forces here in the field rendered it proper that you should be relieved from the direct charge of either the right wing or the reserve, both of which are mainly composed of your forces Orders for movements in the field will be sent direct from these Headquarters to commanders of army corps, division, brigades or even regiments, if deemed necessary, and you will have no more cause of complaint on that more than others have. I am very much surprised, General, that you should find any cause of complaint in the recent assignment of commands. You have precisely the position to which your rank entitles you. Had I given you the right wing or reserve only it would have been a reduction rather than an increase of command, and I would not give you both without placing you in the position you now occupy. You certainly will not suspect me of any intention to injure your feelings or reputation, or to do you any injustice. If so you will eventually change your mind on this subject For the last three months I have done every thing in my power to ward off the attacks which were made upon you. If you believe me your friend, you will not require explanation; if not, explanation on my part would be of little avail." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 7; DNA, RG 393, USG Hd. Qrs. Correspondence; ibid., Dept. of the Miss., Letters Sent. O. R., I, x, part 2, 182-83.
Camp Near Corinth, Miss.
May 11th 1862
I write again and probably the last from this side of Corinth. A few days more will no doubt tell the tale and relieve further suspense. —We here of course do not feel the same feverish excitement that is felt by persons at a distance, but I begin to