OSL VAN HORN TO MEIGS
Zanesville 19th. Septr. 1812
Since I last had the honor to write you I have recd letters from Genl. Foos & Col Williams Col Williams writes from Mansfield 14th Inst. That he expected Orders from me for dismissing the Troops under his Command, thus their time of service was limited to thirty days. Understand- ing from Col McConnel and some of his Officers, that he had your Excellen- cies orders for his Government, I doubted whether your orders to me ex- tended farther than Col McConnels Detachment I however wrote to Col. Bay, and cited that part of your Excellencies letter to me, in which you say too large a portion was ordered out, and that "Col Bays L. [?] Detachmt. may be discharged & that if he considered himself included, he would (if the state of the frontier would admit) discharge them, and as those from Col Williams, & Col Beattys Regiments would be under his dir- ection he would, as to them also, give the requisite orders
From Col Williams's express (Mr.Smith) I learn that Block houses have been erected as follows. Two at Mansfield. one at black fork, lower Sandusky 12 Miles North West of Mansfield, called Young Fort, one part built 12 ,Miles beyond & 27 Miles from lower Sandusky. One by Col Bay at Beams Mill 3 Miles East[?] of Mansfield, and one at Green Town. also says they are out of amunition.
Genl. Boos says he has collected an army from the 2d. Division and isJlying on the Sandusky Plains -- also wishes for orders. What ever directions or orders your Excellency may think proper to give in those cases, shall be immediately attended to.
I also recd. a letter to day from Genl. Paul of St. Clairsville Stat- ing his desire of Joining Genl. Harrison with a Company of Mounted Infantry & Riflemen but that he cannot be at Dayton before the 2d. or 3d. of Oct- ober. That they will equip themselves and provision themselves untill they arrive at Rendeavous, after which they will expect to be furnish'd with provision for themselves & Horses.
I have wrote him for answer, that if Genl. Harrison should have gone before that time, I have no doubt their services will be accepted by your Excellency, and encouraged him to raise his compan y -- that I would immediately write you on the subject and let him know as soon as I got your answer;
The Volunteers' Prisoners have I believe all passed through this place. Col. Cassts Regt. has been waiting orders from him, or waiting his return, but no accounts yet. They generally dispose a willingness to turn out again -- but how they will be again equipped as well I know not - Isaac is fast recovering - sits up an hour at a time, and calling frequently for Vituals -
The Clintonians are Electioneering hard, but their coalition with the Feds is a damper.
22d. Septr - 1812
Expresses & a larms have arrived yesterday from the Forks of this River. It is said that a trail of some 20 or 30 Indians has been dis- covered pa ssing from the Lake between the Troops under the Command of Foos, Williams Kratzer, Bay &c. about 20 under the Command of Capt. Carns are, (I presume) arrived there last evening -- they were Mounted. I furni- sh'd with the few [illeg.] Musquets that were in my care & 24 Catriges -
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