Major Churchill the commander at Fort Brook.
17 October. Reported to the Adjutant general [?] from Major Clark twenty five Marine boats; and wrote to him on the subject of portable soup for the troops.
18. Wrote to Capt. Chase at Pensacola on the subject of Marine boats- the Captain of the Steam boat merchant ordered to the mouth of the Withlacoochee with a part of the troops and cargo. Wrote to Major Cross – asked for Capt. Waite and Lt. Crossman to join me.
19. Wrote to Governor Schley requesting a regiment of mounted volunteers – looked for the Withlacoochee.
20. Required from the Governor of Alabama an additional battalion of Volunteers for twelve months. Arrived to night at the mouth of the Withlacoochee.
21nd. Finding no hostiles at the mouth of the Withlacoochee, and [?] finding
Colonel Lowe, as expected, left 130,000 ball buckshot cartridges for Governor Call. Put Major Whitings command on board a transport and ordered him to Tampa Bay. Communicated with General Read- and other officers. The United States steamer [?] having been lost on the bar at the mouth of the Withlacoochee, called on Major Clark for a boat to supply her place- in addition to 200,000 tons of hay ordered some time ago 150,000 tons additional ordered. Addressed a letter to Colonel Lowe, and directed the Captain of the Merchant to Apalachicola via St. Marks.
22. Proceeded in the Merchant to St. Marks where we arrived on the morning of the 23rd.