I leave here in a day or two for Covington Ky. on a short leave of absence. 3 I may write you again from there if I do not visit Washington in person.
U. S. GRANT
Camp Near Corinth, Miss.
June 3d 1862
So confidant was I that I should be starting home by tomorrow or next day, with all my staff, that I let Col. Lagow start last evening 1 with W. W. Smith, your cousin. Necessity however changes my plans, or the public service does, and I must yeald. —In a few weeks I hope to be so stationed that you can join me. Where is hard to say. May be Memphis. I wish Mary would come with you if the latter place should be my destiny and bring all the children to remain until after their vacation.She could then return with the three oldest and let them go to school. As soon as I know definately you will be informed when, where and how to join me. Wm Smith will call to see you on his way to Washington Pa and will deliver Jess' pistol. Tell Jess he must hurt nobody with it but all the little boys may look at it.
I will move up to-mor[r]ow into Corinth Corinth is a new town of but about three years growth, neatly built and probably contained about 1500 inhabitants. Now it is desolate the families all having fled long before we got possission, windows broken