U.S. Grant's Letter to his Father

tmh10

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June 15, 1863
Ulysses S. Grant


The following is a letter from U.S. Grant to his father explaining his position and the situation during the Siege of Vicksburg.
DEAR FATHER:

I have received several letters from Mary and yourself, but as I have to deal with nineteen-twentieths of those received, have neglected to answer them.
All I can say is that I am well. I have the enemy closely hemmed in all round. My position is naturally strong and fortified against an attack from outside. I have been so strongly reinforced that Johnston will have to come with a mighty host to drive me away.--I do not look upon the fall of Vicksburg as in the least doubtful. If, however, I could have carried the place on the 22nd of last month, I could by this time have made a campaign that would have made the State of Mississippi almost safe for a solitary horseman to ride over. As it is, the enemy have a large army in it, and the season has so far advanced that water will be difficult to find for an army marching, besides the dust and heat that must be encountered. The fall of Vicksburg now will only result in the opening of the Mississippi River and demoralization of the enemy. I intended more from it. I did my best, however, and looking back can see no blunder committed.
ULYSSES.
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OpnCoronet

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A good example of the way Grant, almost always planned big, but willing to accept less than hoped, and concentrates on the good that results from his plans rather than the bad.
 

Bonny Blue Flag

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In comparison to his memoirs, this letter is written in the same style--direct to the point, clear and concise, non-emotional. An easy read.

--BBF
 

tmh10

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In comparison to his memoirs, this letter is written in the same style--direct to the point, clear and concise, non-emotional. An easy read.

--BBF
I think he wrote in the same manner as he spoke. Some people of that era like Chamberlain had a writting style hard to read as I noticed in his book The passing of the Armys.
 
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