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[GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT TO GENERAL PERSIFER F. SMITH.]
My dear Colonel or rather General:
I am bound to the Chatahoochee to take upon myself the direction of the war against the Creeks. Would to God that I had you & your effective corps to assist in putting down this new enemy. With him we shall certainly have a fight. He cannot escape & lose himself in hammocks, Savannahs, cypress swamps, ever glades, etc.
I received your report & in sending it to the War Department made an endorsement to this effect :
The only objection to this report is the disparaging manner in which the gallant colonel speaks of himself. He is a first rate officer, & has gone as far in the expedition entrusted to him, & covered as much ground as I had expected. No doubt he was as much distressed at not find ing an enemy as I am disappointed in that particular.
Do not miscontrue my letter to the Adjutant General of the 3Oth ultimo that has been published. See my reply to Capt. Robertson of this place, dated yesterday, & which is published.
In great haste
Very truly yr friend
I have just written to triend Lawson to join me with all speed.
GEN L PERSIFER F. SMITH
c &c c.
- Winfield Scott