Here three hostile Indians were discovered, and they were tracked on a trail for some distance.
Janry 25. Moved forward- took the [?] trail and proceeded seven or eight miles to an old Indian village- countermarched & sent out to examine the several trails.
26th. Marched across the country on a trail on which cattle had been driven- the woods had been burnt and the Indians had evidently crossed in considerable numbers – Marched
about sixteen miles and encamped on a beautiful lake- it rained during the night- ration of bread and bacon reduced
27. Marched forward- the cattle tracks increased & several droves were driven in- Marched about six miles- greater part of the way through prairies the Indians brought in several droves of cattle. Passed a trail where there were recent poney tracks and numerous Indian tracks. Came to the Thlassae Hatchee- examined the ford- crossed over- found it practicable for wagons and artillery.