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men and children fell a sacrifiee either to the arms of the Iudians or to the flames. The battle lasted about five hours and a half.

When the buildings were burning and the fewwho remained were exposed to the heavy fire of the enemy, they collected as many as they could of the guns of the deceased, and threw both them and the remaining stock of ammunition into the flames, to prevent their becoming subservient in the hands of the Indians, to the destruction of their fellow citizens. Surely this was an instance of determined resolution and benevolent foresight of which there are not many examples.

Notwithstanding the bravery of our fellow citizens, the Indians carried all before them, and murdered the armed and the helpless without discrimination. Our loss is 7 commissioned officers, and about 100 non-commissioned officers ond privates, of the first regiment of Mississippi Territory volunteers. There were about 24 families of men, women, and children in the fort, of whom almost all have perished, amounting to about 160 souls. I reckon, however, among them about six families of half-breeds, and 7 Indians. There were also about 100 negroes, of whom a large proportion were killed.'

Gens. Wilkinson and Hampton.-These two Generals made an attempt to take Montreal about the 1st of Nov. 1813. Gen. Hampton was stationed at Plattsburgh, and was to meet Gen. Wilkinson at French Mills; having succeeded in marching through the forest 24 miles in one day, by way of Chatauguay, and entering upon the second large forest, his guides left him, which occasioned the army to halt for three or four days; in the mean time our troops attempted the enemy's breast-work, thrown up in the woods by falling trees, digging ditches, &c. and succeeded in completely driving him from his position ;-a party sent round to intercept their retreat was met by one of considerable force and obliged to retire.-Here some misunderstanding took place between the two Generals on account of the place of meeting; which, finally contributed largely to overthrow the expedition. Hampton immediately ordered his men back to winter quarters. In this farce we lost 34 men killed and missing.-Gen Wilkinson

was stationed at Sackett's Harbor, and conveyed his army down the St. Lawrence in boats. The enemy about 2000, from Prescott, Kingston, &c. hung on his rear, and harrassed him continually. Our army arrived at Williamsburg, the 11th of Nov..and was obliged to fuce about and attack the enemy to save their baggage. The forces were about equally strong, having from 12 to 1500 men engaged; each gave way by turns-our men getting out of ammu nition, left the field of action unmolested, and passed down the straits, without seeing the enemy again. We lost in this battle 102 non-commissioned officers and privates killed, 237 officers and privates wounded, with one field piece and several stand of arms; 3 officers and 28 privates. of the wounded were taken prisoners. At Cornwall Geu. Wilkinson first received intelligence of the different route Gen. Hampton had taken; a council of General officers was held, and it was agreed best to abandon the expedition.


Killed 122-wounded 251-missing 31.


Killed 210-wounded 248-prisoners 17.



Gen. Jackson to Gov. Blount.

Camp at Ten Islands, Nov. 4, 1813. SIR-We have retaliated for the destruction of fort Mims. On the 2d inst. I detached Gen. Coffee with a part of his brigade of cavalry and mounted riflemen, to destroy Tallushatches, where a considerable force of the hoṣtile Creeks were concentrated. The General executed this in stile. A hundred and eighty-six of the enemy were found dead on the field, and about eighty taken prisoners; forty of whom have been brought here. In the number left, there is a sufficiency but slightly wounded to take care of those who are badly.

I herein enclose Gen. Coffee's official report of the action,
I have the honor to be, &c.


Gen. Coffee to Gen. Jackson.

Camp at Ten Islands, Nov. 4, 1813.

SIR-I had the honor yesterday, of transmitting you a short account of an engagement that took place between a detachment of about nine hundred men from my brigade, with the enemy at Tallushatches towns; the particulars whereof I beg leave herein to recite to you. Pursuant to your order of the 2d, I detailed from my brigade of cavalry and mounted riflemen, nine hundred men and officers, and proceeded directly to the Tallushatches towns, crossing Coosey river at the Fish Dam ford, 3 or 4 miles above this place. I arrived within one and a half miles of the town (distant from this place south-east eight miles) on the morning of the 3d, at which place I divided my detachment into two columns, the right composed of the cavalry commanded by Col. Allcorn, to cross over a large creek that lay between us and the towns; the left column was of the mounted riflemen under the command of Col. Cannon, with whom I marched myself. Col. Allcorn was ordered to march up on the right and encircle one half of the town, nnd at the same time the left would form a half circle on the left,and unite the head of the columns in front of the town; all of which was performed as I could wish. When I arrived in half a mile of the towns, the drums of the enemy began to beat, mingled with their savage yells, preparing for action. It was after sun-rise an hour, when the action was brought on by Capt. Hammond and Lieut. Patterson's companies, who had gone on within the circle of alignment for the purpose of drawing out the enemy from their buildings, which had the most happy effects. As soon as Capt. Hammond exhibited his front in view of the town, (which stood in open woodland) and gave a few scattering shot, the enemy formed and made a violent charge on him; he gave way as they advanced, until they met our right column.; which gave them a general fire and then charged; this changed the direction of charge completely; the enemy retreated, firing, until they got around and in their buildings, where they made all the resistance that an overpowered soldier could do; they fought as long as one existed, but their destruction was very soon completed; our men rushed up to the doors of the houses, and in a few minutes killed the last warrior of them; the enemy fought with sav

age fury, and met death with all its horrors, without shrinking or complaining; not one asked to be spared, but fought so long as they could stand or sit. In consequence of their flying to their houses and mixing with the families, our men in killing the males, without intention, killed and wounded a few squaws and children, which was regretted by every officer and soldier of the detachment, but which could not be avoided. Not one of the warriors escaped to carry the news, a circumstance unknown heretofore. JNO. COFFEE.


Killed 5-Wounded 41.


Killed 186-Prisoners 84.

Gen. Jackson to Gov. Blount.

Camp Ten Islands, Nov. 11, 1813. [Extract.] SIR-1 am just returned from an excursion which I took a few days ago, and hasten to acquaint you with the result.

Late on the evening of the 7th inst. a runner arrived from the friendly party in Lashley's fort, (Taledega) distant about 30 miles below us, with the information that the hostile Creeks, in great force had encamped near the place, and were preparing to destroy it; and earnestly entreated that I would lose no time in affording relief. Urged by their situation as well as by a wish to meet the enemy so soon as an opportunity would offer, I determined upon commencing my march thither with all my disposable force; we encamped that night within six miles of the fort I had set out to relieve. At sun rise we came within half a mile of them, and having formed my men, I moved on in battle order. The infantry were in three lines-the militia on the left and the volunteers on the right. The cavalry formed the extreme wings: and were ordered to advance in a curve, keeping their rear connect ed with the advance of the infantry lines, and to enclose the enemy in a circle. The advanced guard whom I sent forward to bring on the engagement, met the attack of the enemy with great intrepidity; and having poured upon them four or five very gallant rounds, fell back as they had been previously ordered, to the main army. The enemy pursued, and the front line was now ordered to advance

and meet him; the fire became general along the first line, and on that part of the wings which were contiguous. The enemy, unable to stand it, began to retreat; but were met at every turn, and pursued in every direction. The right wing chased them with a most destructive fire to the mountains, a distance of about 3 miles; the victory however was very decisive. Wherever they ran they left traces of blood; and it is believed that very few will return to their villages in as sound a condition as they left them. I was compelled to return to this place to protect the sick and wounded, and get my baggage,

In haste, I have the honor to be, &c.



Killed 15-wounded 15.


Killed 290-wounded not known.

Gen. White to Gen. Cocke:

Fort-Armstrong, Nov. 24, 1813. [Extract.] SIR-In mine of the 19th inst. by Major Outlaw, I promised you a detailed report, respecting, the detachment ordered by you to the Hillibee towns, in the Creek nation. In compliance with that promise, I have now the honor to state-that under your order of the 11th inst. I immediately marched with the mounted infantry, under the immediate command of Col. Burch. The cavalry under the command of Maj. Porter, and a few of the Cherokee Indians under the command of Col. Morgan, with very short rations for four days only. After destroying two viliages containing 123 houses; we marched to the Hillibee town, consisting of about 20 houses, adjoining which was Grayson's farm.-Previous to our arrival at that place, I was advised that a part of the hostile Creeks were assembled there. Having marched within six or seven miles of it on the 17th, I dismounted a part of the force under my command, and sent them under the command of Col. Burch, with the Cherokees under the command of Col Morgan, in advance, to surround the town in the night, and made the attack at day light on the 18th. Owing to the darkness of the night, the town was not reached until after day light-but so complete was the surprise, that we

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