3.16.2015

Letter from Andrew Jackson to James Monroe


Head Quarters 7. M. District
New Orleans
16th March 1815

Sir,
    I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 16th. Ulto advising me of the ratification of the Treaty of peace between Gt Britain & the United States.
    In conformity with your directions I have forwarded to the officer commanding His B. Majesty's forces in this quarter, information of that event.
    The Tennessee & Kentucky  militia will be immediately marched to their respective states & discharged, without receiving any pay beforehand. The Louisiana & Mississippi militia will be discharged & receive their payment, here. It is hoped that the necessary funds will be provided for the payment of the former, in suitable time.
    Difficulties are experienced from the want of means to procure forage & transportation on the return march-- Capt Simeon Knight having not yet arrived. On this account I have offered my Bills on the Governor of Tennessee payable in Treasury  notes at Nashville.
    I have received no intelligence from Capt. Knight except by your letter of the 7th. Ulto.
    The greater portion of the Regulars in this District, having engaged to serve, during the war, expect to be immediately discharged. As you have not mentioned them in your instructions, I shall be glad to hear from you on the subject as soon as possible.
    So soon as I get the troops mustered out of service, here, it is my intention to remove my Head Quarters to Nashville; at which place I shall expect to receive the orders of my government. Major General Gaines will be left in the immediate command of this section of the District, & I am happy to commit it to one in whom the Government has such high & deserved confidence. I have the honor to be sr yr. Very obt st.

Andrew Jackson
Major Genl. Comdg.

P.S. I enclose you a copy of my general order discharging the militia.
A. J.

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