23rd Arrived at St. Marks- Learnt the death of Col. Lowe, and that the Tennesseans had fallen back to black creek with the loss of several hundred of their horses, and that Powell with a large force of Indians was on the Withlacoochee - Reported to Secy of War – ordered Lt. Col. Caulfield to proceed by water to Tampa Bay- wrote to Gov. Call by express- sent him memoranda of a plan of campaigne – Accidentally learnt that a detachment of the 4th infantry was at Suwannee Old Town without either force or resistance.
24 Not able to obtain [?] here, left in the Merchant for Appalachicola – arrived at night of the same day.
25. Found the Marines and other troops here. Ordered Colonel Stanton to proceed to Pensacola, Mobile, and New Orleans, to purchase small Steam Boats and barges as [?]– a quantity of lumber ordered. Wrote to Major Nelson and Gov. Schley on the subject of a regiment of volunteers- sent Lt. McCrabb to muster them. Wrote to Commodore Dallas on the subject of the repair of the river boats Dade and American; and of supplying Crews for them.
26. Ordered Lieut. Watkins to close the business of the q master and commissary’s department at Apalachicola, and proceed in a vessel chartered for this purpose to the mouth of Suwannee and [?] thence to Ouithlacoochee and