Head Quarters 7h. M. Dist.
Camp 4 miles below Orleans
10th. Jany 1815 1 Oclock P.M
I have this moment recd. your letter of the 3d. Inst,
I am greatly disappointed that the 3d. Regt. is not now far advanced on its way to afford me assistance, believing the Order I sent you was positive to that effect. The enemy having concentrated all his forces in this quarter, & New Orleans being his great Object, it is all important that I should employ all the means in my power to resist his attempt.
Such is the understanding and the wish of the Secretary of war. You will there fore order the 3d. Regt. to hasten to join me with all possible dispatch, & when Generals McIntosh & Coulter shall arrive you will without delay order on so many of the forces under their command as you may be able to spare from the immediate defence of Mobile. That being an object of comparitively little importance in the enemeies estimation, it is not to be expected that much of his force will be directed to that point; at any rate for the present.
Enclosed are 2 letters from General McIntosh & an order to him; which latter you will have forwarded immediately under Cover.
My Army and that of the Enemy still continue to occupy their former postions, in Cannon Shot of each other. On the morning of the 8h. he made a bold attempt to carry my workds by storm; but was recd. with the utmost firmness by my troops, and repelled with great loss. In dead, wounded, and prisoners, it cannot be estimated at less than 1500.
Yesterday upwards of 300 of the dead were picked up by my troops, and delivered over to the enemy for burial. We took about 500 prisoners; the greater part of whom were dangerously and many of them mortally wounded. My loss was inconsiderable; being not more than 25 in killed and wounded.
Majr. Genl. Comdg.