Head Quarters on board the transports Natchez
14th. December 1814
We arrived here last night at 10 Oclock after a prosperous Voyage of 18 days from Nashville.
I had expected to receive orders from you at this place pointing out our destination. But being disappointed I have despatched Colonel Hines to your Head Quarters in order to learn your pleasure in that subject. The Troops having been much fatigued by incessant duty require some relaxation and an opportunity of Washing their Cloathes Besides we have some sick, who will require every possible care and attention and in conformity with that design I shall establish a hospital and leave them here. A Keel Boat is in company with us or a little distance in our rear freighted with about 1400 stand of arms and amunition for the use of the Army; and a great number of my men, being badly armed, and many others not armed at all, I wish to ascertain if you will not permit me to furnish them from this boat. After remaining here one day or two at farthiest I shall fall down to Baton-rouge where I understand Genl. Coffee is stationed with his Brigade of mounted men, and where I will await the return of Colo Hines and your orders. I have the honor to be with Sentiments of esteem yr. Mo. Obt. Servt.