1.17.2015

Letter from Andrew Jackson to William Charles Cole Claiborne

Head Quarters 7h. M. D.
January 17h. 1815

     Complaint has been made to me, by the Soldiery, on the right Bank of the River Mississippi; for the want of rations.
     That they have to go to N. Orleans; and the agent of the contractor has stated; that this arrangement has been entered into by you with the contractor. I have to ask you for an explanation of this thing-- And in the mean time State to you that the rations must be delivered by the contractor at the camp; And this I have ordered.
     To enable the Contractor to do this, if he requires it; the Commanding Officer of the troops on the right bank will have detained a small detachment for this service. But on no account must the Troops be permitted to leave the Camp.
     The Enemy is, from his Manovers is about to make a movement-- And all hands must be at their post. an enterprising, daring Officer, at Chef Menteur, with the reinforcement ordered, would reap brilliant laurels, Genl. Morgan with Col. Declouetts Regt. will beheld in readiness to move at a moments warning to the English Turn, or such other point, as the movement of the enemy, may make necessary. I am respectfully
Andrew Jackson
Majr. Genl. Comdg.

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