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not an Indian was found nor any recent signs discovered – all the trails led in a South Easterly direction. Reported to the Secretary of War and submitted several suggestions for his consideration.
Dec. 18. Communicated with the Secretary of War. Sent in instructions to Colonel Henderson- Commenced stockade yesterday- it was completed to day, or rather to night. The report of the scouts who had scanned the cove, as well as other strongholds of the enemy on the Withlacoochee, left no doubt
on the mind of Genl J. of the enemy having left that river and gone south – long trails were discovered in that direction, in consequence of which it was determined to send the Tennesseans, whose terms of service had nearly expired, to Tampa Bay with the wagon train.
Dec. 19. Communicated by express with General Read at the mouth of Ouithlacoochee. Directed that the Tennesseans at that post should be sent to Tampa Bay, and required reports