thereon the necessary Batteries Instruments operaters &c
U. S. GRANT
Brig Genl Com
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 16, 77, 82; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent.
|Cairo, Sept. 29th 1861|
I get but very few letters from you yet I know you must write. I see from fathers letter that mine to you are far apart also. There was five or six days at one time when I was kept so absorbed with my duties that the time passed almost like so many hours and nothing scarsely crossed my mind but movements of troops and preparation for any imergency. At that time I did not write for six days. That is the longest that I remember to have gone at any one time since I left. 1
There is one letter of mine which you have not acknowledged the receipt of which I think you would have noticed. —I enclosed you my commission as Brigadier General. Did you get it ? I sent it by Mr. Cook, of the firm of Cook Pendleton & Co. 2 If you have never received it send to Mr. Cook for it. I do not want my Commission lost.
All is very quiet here now. Evry day or two I have reconnoisances made down near the enemy and occationally we surprise a scouting party of the enemy. A day or two ago some of my Cavalry got into a nest of them and killed ten or twelve, took four prisoners and four horses, and a lot of shot guns and rifles. 3 I will send Fred one of the rifles the first opportunity. By the way I would like to take Fred. with me the balance of the Campaign.