Col. Stanton directed to proceed down the lake with one company of Lt. Col. Caulfield’s battalion, and Major [?] command to ascertain whether the route down the lake was practicable, and whether the Big Cypress could be turned.
31st. Lt. Colonel Caulfield proceeded to execute the ordered given yesterday ascertained the direction of the trail. Lt. Colonel Stanton proceeded to execute the orders given to him. Moved forward as far as the route was practicable. Neither Wagons nor horses could be taken in that direction more than ten or fifteen miles. The whole
country a vast glade or prairie, spotted with Hammocks. The prairie a complete bog. The party discovered several Indians, and a number of cattle and ponies. The messenger returned with Abraham, who informed Genl J. that Jumper was near two days journey from him- that his health was not good and though desirous of peace, he apprehended he would not be able to visit him. He said the Indians desired to remain in the country- that the lands assigned to them west of the Mississippi were too far North.