nothing to do but fight the enemy. This time I have to overcome obsticles to reach him. Foot once upon dry land on the other side of the river I think the balance would be of but short duration. I am now looking for Fred home. Was your visit to Cincinnati disagreeable ? I have had no letter from you since you left Memphis but heard of you at Cincinnati.
It would be a great holiday for me to have one month to myself.
Just here Dr. Holston come in with a message from you. I am glad you and the children all look so well.
Did you keep my black coat ? I looked for it last night and find it is not in there.
The health of the troops is good here.
Rawlins & Staff generally are well. Lagow is in Memphis. I am afraid it will be a long time before he gets strong again.
Remember me to Col. & Mrs. Hillyer.
Kisses for yourself and children. Good buy Dear Julia.
Head Quarters, Dept. of the Ten.
Before Vicksburg, March 28th/63
BRIG. GEN. L. THOMAS,
ADJ. GEN. OF THE ARMY,
Enclosed with this I send you the resignation of Maj. Gen. C. S. Hamilton, out of form not giving the reasons for tendering it.
It is due that I should state that I have approved this resignation for the following reasons. I saw from the correspondence between the two Generals that Gen. Hamilton and Gen. Hurlbut