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PRESIDENT ZACHARY TAYLOR - MANUSCRIPT ENDORSMENT SIGNED 11/13/1832 CO-SIGNED BY: THOMAS P. GWYNN - HFSID 4810

ZACHARY TAYLOR As commanding colonel at Fort Crawford, Taylor approves a fuel requisition. Fateful events in Taylor's career occurred during this command. Manuscript Document signed: "Z. Taylor Col./Comdg", 1p, 7¾x8. Fort Crawford [Wisconsin], 1832 November 13.

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ZACHARY TAYLOR
As commanding colonel at Fort Crawford, Taylor approves a fuel requisition. Fateful events in Taylor's career occurred during this command.
Manuscript Document signed: "Z. Taylor Col./Comdg", 1p, 7¾x8. Fort Crawford [Wisconsin], 1832 November 13. Headed: "Requisition for fuel For the Use of the Guard at the Post of Fort Crawford for the month of November 1832. No of Cords 1". Thomas P. Gwynn has signed: "Th P Gwynn/Ast D Offr Day" beneath: "I certify that the Above Returntion (sic) is correct & Just." Beneath this, the future President has ordered: "The A Qr Mr will Issue agreeable to the above Return." Beneath which Gwynn has signed the following receipt: "Recd Fort Crawford on the 13th November 1832 of Lt Thos B.W. Stocton A Qur Mr one Cord of wood in full of the Above Requisition." On April 4, 1832, seven months before signing this requisition, ZACHARY TAYLOR became Colonel of the 1st Infantry with headquarters at Fort Crawford, Prairie du Chien, Michigan Territory (now Wisconsin). On August 2, 1832, Colonel Taylor took part in the final battle of the Black Hawk War and was given custody of Sauk Chief Black Hawk. Taylor's popularity as a war hero, beginning in the Black Hawk War but owing more to his generalship in the Mexican War, led to his presidential nomination by the Whigs in 1848. "Old Rough and Ready", as he was called by his troops, was the first President elected with no previous political experience. A Louisiana President and slave owner who nevertheless sided with the North on sectional issues, Taylor died after just 16 months in office. A personal drama also played out during this command. At Fort Crawford, young Lieutenant Jefferson Davis met and fell in love with Taylor's daughter, Sarah. Taylor disapproved of the relationship, and had Davis reassigned to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Shortly thereafter, Davis resigned his commission to renew his romance with Sarah Taylor. When her father would not consent to their marriage, Davis and Sarah eloped to Kentucky and married in 1835. Three months later, Jefferson and Sarah Davis both contracted malaria, and Sarah did not survive. THOMAS P. GWYNN, Assistant Quartermaster at Fort Crawford, served in the Mexican War. A Virginian, he joined the Confederate armed forces, dying very early in the conflict (May 1861). Irregular lower edge. Fine condition.

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