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    [Mexican War]. Zachary Taylor Letter Signed "Z. Taylor, Major Genl., U.S.A. Comdg." One and one-quarter ruled pages, "Head Quarters, Army of Occupation, Camp near Monterey, April 3rd 1847." Less than five weeks after the Battle of Buena Vista, which took place sixty miles southwest of Monterrey, General Taylor signs this letter to "The Adjutant General of the Army [Roger Jones]" concerning a misunderstanding about the discharge of Captain S. B. Hinton in the 2nd Ohio Regiment. Taylor firmly resists reinstating the captain to his previous rank as captain within the regiment. In part:

    "Captain Hinton has reported to his Colonel, but as the vacancy caused b his discharge had been duly filled by an election the case was referred to me, and I have felt bound under all the circumstances to decline issuing any order to restore him to his command. . . . It appears that Capt. Hinton's application for leave of absence reached my Head Quarters on the 13th of December as I was on the point of marching for Victoria, and . . . is supposed to have been mistaken for a resignation and orders given accordingly. Had Capt. Hinton before leaving the country notified his Colonel and my Staff officer of this mistake, it would have been corrected at once, and no election held to supply his place, but in the absence of such correction the usual course was taken and his vacancy filled. . . . As the new incumbent was legally and in due form elected, I do not consider that I have any right to displace him."

    The future president has signed in bold ink. Toned with a small amount of penciled notations in upper left corner. Slightly darker toning along a repaired fold.


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    April, 2014
    3rd Thursday
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