10.20.2014

Letter to John Coffee from Andrew Jackson

Mobile
Octr. 20th 1814

Private
Dr Genl,

       I have been making every exertion to destroy the Hotbed of the war, and the asylum of our enemies My feeble means before reinforced, was not competant to effect this object, as soon as reinforced, a moment is not to be lost, to make the blow before they receive their reinforcements, from the place pointed out for your encampment, to Pensacola is about eighty miles--The dificulty of Transporting forage for your horses is great, and the means of this country cannot afford--There is fine pasturage in the field in the cutt off--if one regiment of your Brigade could think of  leaving there horses in this pasturage, and take it on foot, It would be a great advantage to the operation and to their horses--but this must be a delicately named--and if opposed cannot be urged--near to Pensacola there is not grass, and the place is nearly starving If any of your horsmen should be detached for the defence of Mobile in our absence, they had better leave there horses in the cutt off where they are surrounded by water and cannot Escape, a small guard will do to take care of them--I shall move the troops from here the moment I can get the supplies on the way and hear of your arrival at Mims Ferry, give your strength as early as possible--say nothing about the intended attack on P----a I shall see you shortly adieu--

                                                                                                             Andrew Jackson

P. S I have 1500 good musquets--will one of your regts. arm with them for the present movment

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