1.27.2015

Letter to Andrew Jackson from Silas Dinsmoor

Camp Pearl River near Fords
27th. January 1815
Sir
     I wrote you in haste yesterday morning by General Winchester's express. Since which the Sixtown Indians have increased their numbers to seventy two, badly armed, there being only seven Rifles, & twenty three common trading guns, most of them in bad order. Apprehensive of a deficiency in arms, I applied to Genl Winchester when at Mobile for a supply. He declined furnishing, because he had no order to send arms out of the limits of his command; & because he believed the Indians would be ordered to Mobile.
     Col Nixon has advised you by the present express, of the report of the Contractor's Agent declaring his inability to supply the militia & Indians, for more than a few days, with bread stuff & forage. This report, & the want of funds in the Q.M. department, to make purchases, are much to be lamented, as it has defeated all the arrangements of Col. Nixon, with whose zeal for the public interest, you are sufficiently acquainted, to duly appretiate. I am much indebted to the Col. for the means he has taken to keep the Indians embodied & subsisted (til we can receive your orders) by ordering one hundred and bushels of peas, with which I shall make them satisfied while they last. I shall keep the Indians, which may join me, amused at least, & by showing scouts, of those who have arms, on the coast, may have a good effect, to check the marauding parties of the enemy who may attempt foraging. And I hold myself responsible to defeat every attempt made, or to be made, to seduce the Indians from their attachment to the United States, & will not suffer myself to doubt that you will afford the necessary means to enable them to render efficient service. I have the honour to be very respectfully Sir, your obedient servant

Silas Dinsmoor

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