Extract of a letter from Capt. Robert Terry of Henderson county, to Major S. G. Hopkins, dated Dec. 19, 1811.

"I extract the following from a note addressed to me this morning by Col. Barbour: -- 'I have just received information that a number of Indians have assembled between the Ohio and Wabash, about twelve miles from Jeffrie's ferry -- it is supposed about one hundred in number.  I have sent spies out, to watch their movements, and to give me notice from time to time.  Be you therefore ready to march in a moment's warning?

In addition to the above letter, Col. Birdsong writes to general Ramsey, who represents the adjacent country, that very lately a party of Indians, came into the neighborhood of Caldwell and Livingston counties, killed the stock of the inhabitants and menaced them with war.  Col. Birdsong ordered out some spies, to ascertain and report their movements.  They state they found the Indians encamped on the Tennessee river; that on their solicitation, they agreed to remove, but before they did so, they took by violence, a boat load of corn, from a field belonging to one of our citizens; they appeared mad, and were very insolent.  The inhabitants have applied for protection from the military; and col. Birdsong has ordered a captain's company to hold themselves in readiness to restrain any further depredations that may be offered.

May not these alarms on the rivers, be occasioned by the progress or return of Tecumseh's auxiliaries from the southern tribes?

-- Louisville pap.

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How to cite this article:  "Indians," Western Spy (Cincinnati, Ohio), 18 Jan. 1812, p. 3, available at