Mobile 16th Feb 1815
I have the mortification to inform you that the garrison of Fort Bowyer surrendered by capitulation to an overwhelming force of the enemy on Sunday last the 12th instant-- This information I have received from Major Blue who was sent with a detachment to raize the siege if possible or effect a divertion of the enemies force; He arrived within four miles of the point on monday and surprized and took one of the enemies piquets consisting of 17 men but he was 24 hours too late to releive the garrison, we havelost three of the small schooners which transported this detachment to Bon Secour and one has not been hera of which saild with supplies for the garrison. I expect Major Blues detachment has arrived on the east side of the bay opposite to this; by this time and am now sending the means of transport across to bring it over prisoners state the enemies force to be 5000 strong. General McIntosh is not arrived but daily expected, you will herewith receive a copy of his last letter to me.
Provisions is becoming a serious subject of concern; If this precious article was transported across lake Ponchartrain would not the road from where it could be Landed be shorter and better to Mount Vernon than from the Natchez
I have had the honor to receive your dispatch of the 20th ult. I am most respectuflly Sir Your obedient Servant
J Winchester B. Genl
com E Sec 7th M Dist