Executive Department, Ala.
					Tuskaloosa April 17th 1837

Sir
	I have the honor to enclose, herewith, a copy of a report of the
operations of the troops, under the Command of Colo. Welborn, against the
hostile Creek Indians, still remaining within the limits of Alabama. Of
those who were encamped, and taken to Montgomery, preparatory to their
removal West of the Mississippi, some escaped and returned to the Swamps of
the Creek territory, where they united with others who had perhaps never
made professions of friendship, or a willingness to emigrate.  It is as you
will perceive from Colo. Welborn's report, impossible to ascertain
satisfactorily how many of these deluded Savages, are still lurking within
our limits,--but I am conclusively satisfied, by information received not
only from Colo. W, but from Major Genl. John P. Booth, commanding the 5th
division (on whom, from personal knowledge, as well as his high character,
I rely implicitly) that there are yet several hundreds dispersed into small
parties, and infesting almost the whole Country, embraced by the Counties of
Macon, Russell, Barbour, Pike + Dale to our southern boundary.

Finding this to be the Situation of the Country, and that the term, for
which nearly all the troops had been mustered into service, was about to
expire, and the Country to be left undefended, I have ordered into service
from the 5th Division of Alabama Militia five companies of mounted men,
fifty men each, besides Officers + noncommissioned officers, in addition to
a company of Infantry, which I had ordered, to the Southern frontier, some
weeks ago--to serve three months, unless sooner discharged.  The troops
required by the War Department, in January last were intended to have been
mustered into service, for six months, under the act of Congress, approved
on the 23d of May 1836, but they could not be obtained by voluntary
enrollment, as contemplated by that act, and troops were, therefore raised
and mustered into service for three months. I have therefore to request that
you will direct the Commanding officer at Fort Mitchell to muster these and
such other troops as may be necessarily ^called  out, into service, and
furnish them with arms, ammunition, and Subsistence.
	Some troops, were also called out, at an early stage of the late
disturbances, by the Commanding officer of the militia of Barbour County,
who served a short time, to the great benefit of ^the inhabitants of that quarter
of the State. I had given no orders but their services are not the less
meritorious. I am now called upon to have this company mustered, discharged,
+ paid; I trust you will cause this also to be done by the Commanding officer
at Fort Mitchell.
						
						I am, Sir,
Hon. J.R. Poinsett				very respectfully
	Sec. of War				your obt Servt.
	Washington City


Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. Governor C.C. Clay administrative records, SG6241 folder 7