regular troops to accompany the General.
29 November. Let out for Volusia to join General Call- proceeded about fifteen miles to Thonotosassa Lake- encamped for the night. Saw a fresh negro track in the sand near the lake.
30. Proceeded to the Hillsborough found Fort Alabama in ruins- crossed the river and moved forward to an old encampment of Genl. Gaines within several miles of the Withlacoochee – found the woods on fire and evident indications of Indians having been recently in the neighborhood.
December 1. Moved forces beyond both branches of the Withla-
cahoochee- after crossing the Little Withlacoochee discovered shacks, cattle trails, and [?] a few cattle and ponies. Encamped on Dades battle ground. It rained heavily during the night- sent out scouting parties- obtained fresh beef here.
2.Proceeded to the Volusia road- passed Governor Calls camp- found a body disinterred by the Indians, burned it. Halted the command in consequence of firing in a south westerly direction sent out reconnoitering parties – was detained about two hours. Scouts saw fresh cattle and pony