City Point, Virginia,
July 23, 1864.
YOUR letter of the 17th, inclosing one from General Scott, is just received. I inclose to you my answer to the general, which please forward to him. All are well here, and buoyant and full of hope. I wish people North could be as hopeful as our troops who have to do the fighting are. I cannot write you what I expect to do here. That Maryland raid upset my plans, but I will make an attempt to do something before many days. . . .
SOURCE: James Grant Wilson, Editor, General Grant’s Letters to a Friend 1861-1880, p. 37