Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Taylor Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 9.5", "Sulphur Fork of Red River, 28th July 1822." Taylor received his first commission as an officer in 1808 and was immediately assigned to command the garrison at Fort Pickering, located in modern-day Memphis. From that moment until his election as President, Taylor was in the military, stationed at a succession of frontier outposts. Here, Taylor writes to Major Charles J. Nourse (acting Adjutant General) while serving as commander of the 7th Infantry Regiment in Tennessee. In full: "I have appointed Mr. B. Bullitt Sutler to the company of the 7th Regt U. States Infantry, stationed at this place, as Mr. B. has been at considerable expense & trouble in getting his supplies. I should be glad if the appointment could be confirmed." Signed " Z. Taylor Lt Col, 7th R.U.S. Infy." A sutler is a civilian who sells provisions to an army in the field, in camp, or in quarters, and Taylor obviously needed the services of Mr. Bullitt in order to keep his troops fully supplied. Letter is very boldly penned and bears light age toning overall. Small areas of fold separation at left edge. In fine condition. Accompanied by a handsome steel engraving of Taylor in military uniform; minor soiling at edges, some faint foxing. An excellent early piece from our 12th President, suitable for any U.S. military or presidential collection.

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