time to superintend the fortifications at Tuscumbia if he can come conviently let him report to Capt Prime as soon as possible
U S GRANT
Telegram received, McClernand Papers, IHi.
August 19th 1862.
Julia and the children left here on Saturday 1 last for St. Louis where they will remain on a visit until about the last of the month. At the end of that time they must be some place where the children can go to school. —Mrs. Hillyer has a nice house in the city and is all alone whilst her husband is on my Staff and it may be that she and Julia will keep house together. If they do she would be very much pleased to have you make her a long visit. Julia says that she is satisfied that the best place for the children is in Covington. But there are so many of them that she sometimes feels as if they were not wanted. Their visit down here in Dixie was very pleasant and they were very lothe to leave. Things however began to look so threatning that I thought it was best for them to leave. I am now in a situation where it is impossible for me to do more than to protect my long lines of defence. I have