June 16th 1862
MY DEAR JULIA,
I hope this will be my last letter but one from this place. The next will likely inform you of the day I shall leave for Memphis and how you are to join me. If atal practicable I will go after you and spend a few days at home, if not will provide means, and ways, for you to join me.
I have just received your letter enclosing Nellie's card of merit. It is very pretty and shows that she is a good girl and learns well at school. I think after vacation we will have to send Jess back to go to school and see if he cannot get some cards for good behavior.
That was quite a mistake made in the announcement of my arrival at home. 1 I wish it could have been true. It would be a great relief to get away for a few days if and if there is no likelyhood of active service soon I must try and go.
This is a dreary and desolated country. I went North to Jackson on Friday 2 and returned on Saturday and found the country looking much more prosperous however. Some of my troops are occupying that place, and guard all the road from here there, from there to Grand Junction, 3 and also a portion of the road from Humboldt to Memphis. You will have to look at the map to see where these places are. —My command at present embraces all Tennessee West of the Tennessee river and Forts Henry and Donelson East of it and I can choose any point within this District for Head Quarters. It is proper though that a point within easy communication of all other points and Department Head Quarters should be selected. Memphis will be connected by rail and telegraph with all, and near Arkansas where, if necessary a portion of my troops might be required in case of an imergency. —Give my love to all at home. —Do not write any more after the receipt of this unless you receive directions from me. I would