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PRESIDENT ZACHARY TAYLOR - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 1/1834 CO-SIGNED BY: BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT CROOKE WOOD - HFSID 4813

ZACHARY TAYLOR and ROBERT CROOKE WOOD Taylor and his aide-de-Camp and son-in-law Wood, sign a requisition for cords of wood for the hospital at Fort Crawford (1834). Manuscript Document Signed: "Z. Taylor Col/Comdg", 1 page, 8x9¾. Fort Crawford, 1834 January.

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ZACHARY TAYLOR and ROBERT CROOKE WOOD
Taylor and his aide-de-Camp and son-in-law Wood, sign a requisition for cords of wood for the hospital at Fort Crawford (1834).
Manuscript Document Signed: "Z. Taylor Col/Comdg", 1 page, 8x9¾. Fort Crawford, 1834 January. Penned from Michigan Territory (now Wisconsin) on a sheet of paper headed: "Requisition for Eight Cords Wood for the Hospital at Fort Crawford for January 1834". Aide-de-Camp Robert Crooke Wood has signed a manuscript certification: "I Certify that the above Requisition is Correct and Just. R.C. Wood/a.Camp". Beneath Wood, Taylor has ordered and signed: "The Asst Quarter Master will issue the above". Wood has signed another manuscript receipt beneath Taylor's order: "Received of Lt J.B.W. Stockton Asst Quarter Master at Fort Crawford this 21st January 1834 Eight Cords Wood in full of the above Requisition". Wood has added in his own hand: "The last issue of wood to the Hospital at Fort Crawford was composed of a large proportion nearly one half of black oak, some cotton, which can hardly be considered merchantable wood-stores worthless". The popularity of war hero ZACHARY TAYLOR (1784-1850) led to his election as the 12th U.S. President (1849-1850). A 40-year veteran of the Army, Taylor was a veteran of several campaigns against the Indians, including the Black Hawk War and the Seminole wars. As a colonel, he won the Battle of Okeechobee on December 25, 1837, with a loss of only 26 men, resulting in his promotion to Brigadier General. In 1845, Congress passed a resolution for the annexation of Texas, which was then an independent republic. Taylor was sent to occupy disputed territory claimed by Mexico between the Rio Grande and Neuces Rivers, winning important battles against numerically superior forces at Palo Alto, Resaca de Palma, Monterrey and Buena Vista. He became a national hero, dubbed "Old Rough and Ready," leading the Whigs to nominate him for U.S. President. Elected as a Whig, Taylor alienated Congressional leaders of that party by refusing to support their program of high tariffs and a national bank. Although a Louisiana slave owner, he also angered southerners by taking a moderate stance on the slavery issue and threatening to lead the Army personally against any attempt at rebellion. Taylor died in office on July 9, 1850, after becoming ill from food he had eaten at a July 4th celebration. Taylor was the last slave-owning President. On September 20, 1829, at Fort Crawford, Prairie du Chien, Michigan Territory, ROBERT CROOKE WOOD (1799-1869) married Taylor's eldest daughter Anne Margaret Mackell Taylor (1811-1875). Wood, a surgeon graduated from Columbia Medical College, served in the Black Hawk War, the Florida War and the Mexican War. During the Civil War, Wood was Assistant (and at time Acting) Surgeon General of the Union Army. Late in the war, he moved from Washington to St. Louis to supervise medical treatment in the Union armies of the West. Two of Robert and Anne Wood's sons (President Taylor's grandsons), however, became colonels in the Confederate Army, fighting on the opposite side from their father. Taylor acquired (unwillingly) another son-in-law at Fort Crawford. Young Lieutenant Jefferson Davis fell in love with Taylor's younger daughter, Sarah. Repeatedly denied permission to marry Sarah, the future President of the Confederacy resigned from the army - he would rejoin during the Mexican War - and eloped with the future US President's daughter. (Sarah contracted malaria, however, and died in 1835 after only three months of marriage.) Slightly shaded at folds, lightly creased. Fine condition.

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