the advance after dark with Alabama mounted volunteers, Tompkins’ artillery, and Harris’ marines- slept in Genl. Armstrong’s tent- axes sent forward by Genl. Armistead for the Tennesseans, to enable them to repair the road-
December 13. The advance moved slowly forward- repaired the road and bridges- the axes sent forward reported to the fort- marched about 12 miles and encamped. The troops in the rear came up while we were taking up our ground.
14. Moved forward to the Ocklawaha, crossed the
river with the advance and part of the baggage wagons and encamped about a mile from the river- part of the train with a part of the force and the rear guard remained east of the Ocklawaha- The Floridians and Alabama volunteers drove in near a hundred head of cattle.
15. Detached Lt. Col. Caulfield to attack the Indian Chief Osuchee, or Cooper; and after crossing the remainder of the baggage wagons & troops over the Ocklawaha, marched forward, about ten miles