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Letter written by D.E. Hale at Fort Duane to his mother Mrs. F.J. Hale of Boston, Massachusettes. Hale writes that the men he is with marched from Picolata "through mud and mire up to the middle in water sometimes and at the rate of 20 miles a day." Hale expects to continue to march to the Withlachochee River where he expects to engage the Indians. Marching with him are 500 artillery, a regiment of infantry, 500 mounted volunteers, and three field pieces. General Eustis is going to join them from Valusia (?) with 1000 infantry, and Colonel Lindsey is going to meet them from Tampa Bay with 1000 volunteer regulars from Louisiana. Hale also writes about getting sick from drinking the water and the food provisions of various military units. Hale also mentions General Gaines coming upon the place of the massacre and burying the officers and mentions that some of the men were scalped but their watches and money were found on them still. It is possible that he is discussing the Dade Massacre as noted in pencil on the front of the letter, but this has not been proven as fact yet.