margin of the lake was practicable. Major Morris directed to reconnoitre the country to the right, and ascertain the direction of a heavy trail reported by the Indian scouts. Lt. Col Caulfield reported the route practicable for ten miles in advance- his party brought in about a hundred head of cattle and some ponies Major Morris’ Indians brought in cattle. Messenger sent to the Indian chiefs returned with a message from Aligator and Abram – he did not meet Jumper.
Jany. 30th- Sent the messenger out to conduct Abram into camp. The Army remained
in position. Directed that the ration of corn be reduced to four quarts and that the horses be grazed during the day and that grass be cut for them for the night. Also that eight ounces of bread & six ounces of [?] meat should be the daily ration with a pound and a half of fresh beef [?] by as an extra issue. Lt. Col Caulfield with three companies of his command and captain Harris’ marines were ordered to go out tomorrow and reconnoitre the trail on which Abram was known to have retreated with his people. Lieut. Chambers directed to accompany the detacht