...would this have been a text instead of a telegram?
August 17, 1864
From President Abraham Lincoln to General Ulysses Grant
"I have seen your dispatch express
ing your unwillingness to break your hold where you are.
Neither am I willing. Hold on with a bull-dog
grip, and chew & chomp (?), as much as possible."
Ohgod. Think how miserably HOT that war must have been...
Under a blanket of thick humidity and heat these past few days,
I cannot imagine donning a wool uniform, hoisting heavy weapons and pack, and marching off to a field of blood.
Actually, even if the weather was perfect for conducting a war comfortably, my imagination flags.