in relation to the quantity and condition of the supplies, and whether the enemy has been seen recently in the vicinity- The Tennesseans marched this afternoon under Genl. Armstrong. The scouts returned to night- having examined the country east as well as west of the road to Tampa and reported the enemy in force about eight miles east of the road in a large Hammock near the little Withlacoochee. Addressed a letter to Genl. Armstrong directing him to send a part of his army
to cooperate. The troops ordered to be in readiness to move tomorrow morning at day light.
Dec. 20. Put the troops in motion this morning and proceeded to the Hammock in which the [?] hostile Indians were represented to be last night. Searched the hammock for several miles- found recent signs, and a large Indian encampment, but no Indians- Heard nothing of the Tennesseans. Returned to camp.
21. Placed General Armis