Head Quarters, 7th Mily. District. New Orleans,
Decr. 2, 1814.
I have the honor to inform you of my arrival at this place, after a tedious journey through incessant rains and high waters.
From a view of the country, enpassant, I am convinced that an enemy cannot penetrate it by land at any point East of Lake Ponchartrain towards Mobile; and that if they should ever attempt to invade this City it must be by water.
On the 4th. inst. I shall leave this to visit Fort St. Philip, Placequemine: and on my return I expect to be able to give you, at large, my ideas of the security of this section of the 7th. Military District.
My last will have informed of the situation for defence in which I left Mobile and its vicinity.
Brigr. Genl. Winchester reached Fort. St. Stephen on the 21st. ulto. and visited the Troops on the Alabama, near Pearce's Stockade, on the 22nd.
I am pleased to learn that my visit to Pensacola has had a good effect. The advices from that place, instead of speaking of a formidable British force, aided by thousands of Indians, prepared to invade New Orleans, and carry destruction before them, contain the most friendly expressions relative to the American character and forces. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, Your mo: obt. servt.
Major Genl comdg.