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    McCulloch resigns his Mexican War commission

    [Mexican War]. Benjamin McCulloch Letter Signed with James Buchanan Autograph Endorsement Signed as the acting Secretary of War. McCulloch resigns his rank of quartermaster in this letter (one page of a bifolium, 8" x 9.75", "Camp near Monterey," August 1, 1847), written to Brigadier General Roger Jones, "Adjt. Gl. U.S. Army." The letter reads, "I beg leave to Inform you that I tender herewith my resignation as Q. master in the U.S. Army. . . . [Signed] Ben McCulloch / Qr M USA." General Roger Jones signs one endorsement on the fourth page of the bifolium "R. Jones / Adj. Gen.," recommending on September 4, 1847, that "the appointment of Major Benjamin McCulloch, Quartermaster, (Volunteer Staff) be accepted." Acting Secretary of War James Buchanan signs under "Accepted" two days later. Very clean (only minor soiling on the address panel) with folds.

    When the Mexican War broke out, McCulloch raised a company of Texas Rangers that fought in Jack Hay's 1st Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers. He served with distinction and became well known as Zachary Taylor's chief of scouts because Taylor knew that he could count on McCulloch and his Rangers to bring him accurate information. Though McCulloch and his men preferred to fight instead of scout, the Texan was careful to follow Taylor's orders. This didn't stop him, however, from requesting that Taylor use them for fighting, as he did on several occasions. Pleased with the Texan's service, though much less pleased with his Rangers' discipline, Taylor promoted McCulloch in July 1846 to major and to his own personal staff as quartermaster. McCulloch and his Rangers did participate honorably in the Battle of Monterrey (September 1846) and the Battle of Buena Vista (February 1847). Scouting activities slowed down after Buena Vista, so McCulloch took a leave in early March to return to Texas to recruit more Rangers. On July 31, he returned to Monterrey with over three dozen new recruits to find that his unit of Texas Rangers had been discharged from service while he was gone. McCulloch and his new recruits were allowed to enlist for one day so that they could receive pay and travel expenses home. This is McCulloch's resignation just before returning to Texas.

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