25 Decr. 1814
Since I have heard of the movement of the Enemy towards the wood I have sent for some persons who know the Bayou Bienvenue very to examine whether they may not intend to go down the Bayou and gain our rear by means of the Canal of Peirnas or Dupre both of them leading to the Bayou Bienvenu & between us and the town Mr. Sauvinet a very intelligent man long concerned in the contraband trade tells me it is very possible, as the banks of the canal may be marched on within half pistol shot of the Bayou. Lafite also thinks it possible but not probable, with a very enterprising Enemy however these terms ought to be for our Government synonamous. Lafite thinks our line to afford a Complete protection ought to be extended thro the first wood, to the Cypress swamp & the Canal Extended that Distance as they may otherwise turn our left. It being plain that the movement to the wood must be intended for one of these two purposes I have thought proper to give you this Information. Lafite says the wood may easily be marched thro all the Distance to the Cypress swamp which is nearly impracticable and affords as good a point of support on the left as the river on the right--
"Six oclock" a citizen has just called to let me know that a Mullatto man declared he had seen the English this afternoon in Mde. Piernas' Bayou. this is probably our Picket that he has seen I have Endeavored but without Effect to find out the Mullatto; tho his tale is not probable yet I have thought it worth Communicating to you. I am very respectfully your Mo Obdt Servt
It is said the Enemies whole force has disappeared from before Chef Menteur & sailed up the Bayou Bienvenu probably to unite with the main army & make a bold push on our lines.
Courtesy of the Andrew Jackson Papers