Head Quarters, 7th Military District Mobile,
Octr. 10th. 1814.
Since the affair of the 15th ulto. at the point of Mobile, the British have remained quietly in Pensacola; awaiting, it is said, reinforcements; and, in the meanwhile, employed in drilling their Indian allies. The citizens of Pensacola have become tired of their guests; even the infatuated Governor Don Manriques, has quaralled with the British Commandant, Col. Nicholls. The latter, to convince the Governor of his power and prowess, paraded his savage force, marched it through the town, saluting his Excellency with the war whoop, and threatening to scalp all the inhabitants. Thus, as we are advised, ended the strife.
My patroles keep the hostile Indians in close quarters. A party, seven in number, ventured out the other day; the patrole from Fort Montgomery fell in with them, killed four, and wounded three; two of whom got back to Pensacola.
My undivided attention and all my disposeable force have been employed to place Fort Bowyer in a complete state of defence. I have sent to New Orleans for heavier guns, and hope to have them well mounted, in a few days, on the battery of the fort. Major Lawrence has succeeded in raising from the wreck of the Hermes, eleven 32 lb. carronades and one 12 lb. carronade. He expects to be able to recover the rest of her guns. This Fort when completed, together with the ship now on the stocks a Tchefuncta's (which I would recommend to be finished,) well manned and armed with long 24 and 32 pounders, would effectually protect the Bay, and of course the town of Mobile. These points being thus safe, the troops now kept here to cover them, might be disposed of for other purposes.
I beg leave to refer to my former letters as to the necessity of having possession of Pensacola, and confidently hope to receive instructions relative thereto.
The Citizens of New Orleans have addressed me, calling for additional defence. My whole force would not satisfy the demands they make. I take the liberty of enclosing a copy of their Communication I have the honor to be, With the greatest respect, Your most obedient servant,
Major Genl Comdg.