2.02.2015

Letter to Andrew Jackson from Joshua Baker

Camp Jackson, In Parrish of St Mary
2nd of February 1815
Sir,

In cumplyance with your orders to keep you advised of all occourances worthy of notice, I now gave you such information as I deam of importance for you to no, as to the disposition of the men under my Immedate command
There is incamped, at the Lafaurshe 284 men under the command of Major David Rees, at camp Jackson 400 men exclusive of officers, on the Bayau Tashe, where it enters Berswick Bay, one Captain 20 men who is implyed with two smawl Boats on the Sea Cost where the entrance is into this Bayau-- There is 25 at Bells Iosland, with one Lieutenant—whos Business it is to cruse on the coast from Beleal , Point Shevoree Point Ofare to the mouth of the Vermillion, or the pass into that river, 5 men on the sea coast at the mouth of the Bayau Sallee, where there is a good landing, and a small settlment, And a vast number of Cattle Ranges on the Sea marsh in the winter Season There is 75 men Stationed at the mouth of the Vermillion River one Capt on e first one 2nd Lieut, And one other Cumpany which I have stationed at different bridges, and pases within the Bounds of the 15 & 16 Regiments, who are held in readiness to march to any point where thay mite be wanting
I will now account to you, Sir, for not being able to have the whole of my men brought to the Lafaurshe, as I have before advised you of the reason I need not trouble you more on that subject, when I arived in this Parrish, I found the mashures that I had taken before I had left hear for neworleans There had been no lookout Boat sent from the port of Berwicks Bay and grate neglect, at all the other ports-- so that I thought, I had better remain heare until I shall recive your orders-- I considered your orders to me disscrenary, to act as surcumstances mite require. I do no there had been grate neglect amongst the officers hear. Thay had got to quarling amongst themselves, And the gratest disorder did prevail amongst all ranks. I am happy to have it in my power to say that the gratest harmony now prevailes throughout the Brigade
There has been a grate alarm amongst the inhabitance of Opelousas, And St Martain, owing to a rebellion amongst the neagroes of these Parrishs. How far It has exstended I dont no that I have been correctly informed. There has been 17 put in Jale. I believe there tryal has not yet cum on. There has sum of the neagroes has confesed the fact, And that the signal for an attack was to be the fireireing of the British Cannon there was one of the men that had charge of one of my lookout boates reported to me, that on the 25th of January, from Point Sevoree, he heard about forty Rounds fireed from large cannon towards Point Ofare, after a relaps of time of nearly one Hour He heard twelve more rounds, disstinctly fireed, About thee points of the Cumpis, to the west of the place, where the first fireing was heard, from that surcumstance, connected with that of the neagroes has indused me to keep the men that had been collected, at this place, until I recived your further orders
I have been Just informed that there is three vessels braught in as prises to sum armed vessels near the mouth of the Bayay Teashe. I am indused to belive that the account is true for there was three cannon heard fire near that place, on the 27th of January, which I am told is the signal for the people on the lowerr Settlements of the Lafaurshe that a prise has arived, and for them to cum in, that shold want to make purchases of them-- I shall send out a boate to spy them out, and as soon as the Armes arives, I shall endeavour to take them. I am verry desireous of obtaining sum cannon for a fortification on the Bayau Teashe, and two small field peases, so as to be albe to youse them aganst the enemie either by watter or land, when ever occation shold require-- I have heard nothing of the Armes that my detatchment, I left in Town, to bring them on to this place. The officer has made me no report since I left him
The men assembleed hear is mostly unarmed. I think it wold take 600 stand to furnish them in a tolarable condition to be depended on. The men appear to be well dissposed to meet the hardships of a camp life. I have dun the best I cold, to make them cumfortable, thay are incamped in huts made of fenceing peces, And permetan camps which I think is preferable to the other, we are bad off for camp ecupage to cook in, as well as tents. I have procured pots cittles, and pans where ever I cold cum at them, and perhaps at a high price we ware obliged to have them, or I cold not have kept the men together. I hope you will consider my quartermasters accounts I shall be verry perticlar in exsamining them. The people has behaved with grate Pattriottism, And I have pleged myself that they shall be punctuly payed, for everry thing that thay have furnished the publick service with
We are quite quiet at this time, and I have recived no other news then what I have reported to you in this letter
Sir, I must solisset a furlow from you, shold the times admit of it, I have sum private bisiness in New Orleans, that requires my presence there for fore or five days, I am about making arangments to leave this State, and move to Tennissee, And if you cold grant my request, I wold be much obliged to you, to let me no by the arliest oppertunity-- I will make as short a stay in Town, and on the rode as possible, and then return to my duty, let my private affairs suffer as thay may, until the men under command can be dischagied from the service of our country
The men are in godd helth, and sperits, and are well furnished by Mr Baldwin, exsept that thay have to take corn meal in lue of flower. I shold be glad that the contracter shold be obliged to furnish one half of the bread rashen of flower and the other meal-- I have troubled you with a long letter Sir exsept of my best wishes for your Health & prosparity I am your Obedant Servant


Joshua Baker Senor
Colo Commanding 4th Brgd
Luisiana Militia

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