Buchanan again wrote Townsend on May 1, 1854. "Captain Grant is too unwell to travel just yet, but will be relieved to-day by Lt. Hunt in command of his Company, and will proceed to San Francisco by the first steamer, with orders to report in person to the Major General Commanding." Ibid. That same day Buchanan issued Orders No. 11, replacing USG in command of F Co. with 1st Lt. Lewis Cass Hunt. "After being properly relieved, Capt. Grant is authorized to proceed to San Francisco, Cal. where he will on his arrival, apply in person to the Major General Commanding, for such leave of absence, as he may desire." Ibid.
Before USG submitted his resignation, he and Capt. Henry M. Judah, then stationed at Fort Jones on the Scott River, Calif., had applied for an exchange of posts. USG was ordered to Fort Jones on June 10, 1854, although he had already left Calif. The order was later cancelled. Muster Rolls, Cos. E and F, 4th Inf., DNA, RG 94; Bvt. Maj. Edward D. Townsend to Bvt. Lt. Col. R. C. Buchanan, July 7, 1854; Bvt. Maj. Gen. John E. Wool to Col. Samuel Cooper, Oct. 19, 1854, Copies, DNA, RG 98, Pacific Division, Letters Sent.
Fort Humboldt, Cal.
May 2d 1854
I do not propose writing you but a few lines. I have not yet recieved a letter from you and as I have a "leave of absence" and will be away from here in a few days do not expect to. After recieving this you may discontinue writing because before I could get a reply I shall be on my way home. You might write directing to the City of New York.
It will require my presence in Calafornia for some four or six weeks to make all my arrangements, public & private, before starting. I may have to go to Oregon before leaving; I will not go however unless I get an order to cover my transportation. On my way I shall spend a week or ten days with John Dent. — My love to all at home. Kiss our little boys for their pa. love to you dear Julia.
Your affectionate husbd.