M.W. Bateman to George Gibson — November 15 1836
M. W. Bateman (1st Lieut. 6th Infantry) to Commissary General of Subsistence’
Steam Boat Farmer, 35 miles above White river, October 15, 1836
I have the honor to inform you that 12 or 1300 of Detachment No. 1 Emigrating Creek Indians under my charge are on their way to their new homes west of the Mississippi. We left Memphis yesterday on board the S Boat Farmer. The Indians were averse to the water transportation, but on a proper representation of the horrid condition of the roads through the Miss swamps they consented to go on board the boats. Thus far they appear satisfied. Nothing shall be wanting on my part to make them comfortable, and to guard against accident. We left in the vicinity of Memphis three detachments (say 8000 Indians) who will follow us as soon as the boats (3 in number) can carry them from that place to Rock Row on White River, which we intend to debaque [debark] and resume our march by land. The health of the Indian company thru different detachments is generally good and I hope that nothing will occur to retard or prevent the just and final accomplishment of the views of the Govt. in relation to these people. I think that with patience and care we will be able to get all these people to their new homes.
Camp Rock Row White River Arkansas, October 18, 1836
We arrived at this place last night. All in good health. The White River is over its banks. We will have much trouble in crossing the ponies over it. M. W. B.
Source: National Archives Microfilm, M 234, Roll 237. Transcribed by Carolyn Kent