Things down here begin to look like work. Whether there will be any regular engagement soon or not is hard to foresee. Either party could bring such a thing about very easily.
The papers keep you advised of all the facts and a greatdeel more so that it will not be necessary for me, as busy as I am kept, to write more on the subject.
|U. S. GRANT|
|ALS, USG 3.|
September 11th, 1861.|
Your letter with a short one from Father was received yesterday, and having a little time I answer it.
The troops under me and the rebel forces are getting so close together however that I have to watch all points. Since taking command I have taken possession of the Kentucky bank opposite here, fortified it and placed four large pieces in position. Have occupied Norfolk, Missouri, and taken possession of Paducah. My troops are so close to the enemy as to occasionally exchange shots with the pickets. To day, or rather last night, sixty or seventy rebels came upon seventeen of our men and were repulsed with a loss of two men killed on their side, none hurt on ours. Yesterday there was skirmishing all day. We had but two wounded however, whilst the loss must have been considerable on the other.
What future operations will be, of course I don't know. I could not write about it in advance if I did. The rebel force numerically is much stronger than ours, but the difference is more than made up by having truth and justice on our side, whilst on the other they are cheered on by falsehood and deception. This