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    General Taylor authorizes pay for McCulloch's Company

    [Benjamin McCulloch] and [Mexican War]. Zachary Taylor Letter Signed "Z. Taylor." Two pages, 7.75" x 10", "Head Quarters, Army of Occupation, Camp near Monterey," August 3rd 1847. Writing to Roger Jones, adjutant general of the army, Major General Zachary Taylor, commander of the Army of Occupation, describes the events surrounding a mission to Texas carried out by Taylor's chief of scouts, Texas Ranger and U.S. Army Major Benjamin McCulloch, during the last months of the Mexican War. He writes, in part, that "when Major McCulloch, Qr. Mr. in the Volunteer Service was despatched in March to Texas for the purpose of purchasing horses, he was at the same time authorized by me to procure additional men for the Company which he had raised and brought to the Army in January. Not being aware of the discharge of that Company under the instructions of the Department he has brought to my Head Quarters some forty men under the expectations of joining the Company. As they came from their homes in good faith to serve for a limited time, and have actually rendered service in conducting a large number of horses and afterwards in escorting a train from Camargo, I have deemed it no more than just to allow them pay and traveling allowances for the time they have actually served."

    He goes on to say that "We have pretty authentic intelligence from the City of Mexico to the . . . the effect that Congress had conferred upon Santa Anna the power of negotiating a peace, and that an armistice had been proposed." Following his defeat during the Texas Revolution and several failed terms as president of Mexico in the late 1830s and early 1840s, Generalissimo Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was in exile in Cuba when the war with the United States broke out. Sensing a chance for redemption (and having already offered his services in the defense of Mexico), he convinced the United States to allow him to return to Mexico so that he could negotiate a peace. Having arrived in Mexico, he assumed command of the army. His military blunders were a contributing factor to Mexico's loss in the war.

    He concludes by approving the "resignations of Capt. Wofford and Lieut. Prince 13th Infantry . . . I inclose herewith the changes under which Lt. Prince resigned." Taylor's signature is very bold and has caused light bleed through from the verso. Folds. Mounting remnant on the verso of the left edge. Edges are lightly toned.

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