The troops crossed through Hammocks and swamps in the best order- Major Graham who commanded the advance penetrated to the Indian town- the fires were burning, and meat cooking but the inhabitants had fled in to the surrounding swamps, and as night was approaching pursuit was impossible. The detachment was ordered to return, and arrived in camp about nine o’clock. Colonel Henderson came in about ten with twenty eight negro and Indian prisoners.
Jany. 28th. The Army crossed the Thlassee Hatchee and moved
forward on the Lake Tohopekaliga Genl J. sent one of the prisoners to communicate with Jumper, Aligator, and Abram. The army moved about sixteen miles and occupied a strong position on the lake- several hundred head of cattle and a few ponies were taken to day.
29. Lieut. Col Caulfield was sent forward with two companies of his battalion and Harris’ marines, accompanied by Lt. Chambers Aid de camp, to reconnoitre the country, and ascertain whether the route on the