PRESIDENT ZACHARY TAYLOR - DOCUMENT SIGNED 8/1/1832 - HFSID 251313
Sale Price $2,380.00
Payroll of soldiers Taylor ordered to repair the Saw Mill near Fort Crawford.
Partly Printed Manuscript Document Signed: "Z. Taylor Col./1st Regt U.S. Infy-/Comdg.", 1p, 16¾x21. Fort Crawford, 1832 September. Headed: "Muster Roll of Non-commissioned Officers and Privates employed on extra duty, as Mechanics and Laborers, at At (sic) the Saw Mill Near Fort Crawford during part of the month of August 1832". Twenty-four soldiers are listed (one sergeant, two corporals, 21 privates). By order of Col. Taylor, they were assigned to "Repairing Saw Mill"; 23 soldiers from August 24th to September 1st and one (Private James T. Ruth) from August 27th to September 1st. Salary for all 24 soldiers was 15¢ per day, a total of $1.05 for seven days work (75¢ for Pvt. Ruth's five days). The future 12th U.S. President has signed beneath the following certification: "I certify, that the above is a correct Roll of the Non-commissioned Officers, Musicians and Privates employed on extra duty, under my direction, part of during the month of August 1832; and that the remarks opposite their names are accurate and just". G.W. GARCY, the officer who filled out the muster roll, had originally signed where Taylor was to sign. Garcy's signature has been erased; Taylor signed to the right of the erasure. Garcy signed again at the lower right. Taylor was promoted to Colonel of the 1st Infantry and appointed Commandant of Fort Crawford (now Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin) in April 1832. During the Black Hawk War, he served under General Henry Atkinson and took part in the final battle at Bad Axe River on August 2, 1832. Colonel Taylor was then given custody of the captured 65-year-old Black Hawk, who was imprisoned. In 1833, Black Hawk was taken to meet President Andrew Jackson. Black Hawk's rival, Chief Keokuk was given custody of the defeated Chief in 1834, and moved him to Keokuk's village near the Des Moines River. Black Hawk died there in 1838. Upon Colonel Zachary Taylor's return to Fort Crawford following the Black Hawk War, he ordered the repair of the saw mill. Vertical fold at the "a" in Taylor. Lightly foxed at upper and lower edges, frayed edges. 3 holes where Garcy's signature was erased, overall fine condition.
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