Saturday, September 29, 2007

ON THIS DAY: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1861

While Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commands his troops from headquarters at Cairo, at the southern tip of Illinois, Julia Dent Grant and the four Grant children remain in the family home, a rented brick house in hilly Galena, in northwestern Illinois. Nearly 400 miles separate husband and father from wife and children. Always uncomfortable when separated from his family, Ulysses writes Julia almost daily, urging her to join him and bring the children. Afflicted with “much timidity” about moving nearer the combat zone, Julia will demur until early November.

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