“War will get to be so common with me”

Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885) to Julia D. Grant (1826–1902), June 7, 1864. Ulysses S. Grant Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

[There has been no fighting except a little Artillery firing and some skirmishing] driving the enemy’s pickets south of the Chickahominy at two of the bridges below our main line. War will get to be so common with me if this thing continues much longer that I will not be able to sleep after a while unless there is an occasional gunshot near me during the night.

Love and kisses for you and the children.

This blog complements the Library of Congress exhibition, “The Civil War in America.” This series of posts chronicles the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861–1865. To learn more about the object featured in this blog entry, visit the online exhibition.

One Comment

  1. LoRetter Brock
    March 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    You would not think that this is the man some refered to as a butcher!