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    Zachary Taylor Document Signed. One page, 7.75" x 10", Fort Crawford [Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin]; June 26, 1833. A document recording the death of an ox belonging to the army's quartermaster's department: "I certify that a public Ox, belonging to the Quarter Masters Department at the Post, (and borne on the property Return for New Barracks,) died on or about the 8th of the present month, of some disease peculiar to that Species of animals, notwithstanding all possible means were used to prevent it."

    At the time, Taylor (1784-1850) was serving as a colonel in the 1st Regiment of U.S. Infantry. He was promoted to the rank of colonel of the 1st Infantry in the previous April. Throughout the summer of 1832 the Black Hawk War was ongoing and Taylor participated in the conflict. After the Battle of Bad Axe in Wisconsin, Chief Black Hawk surrendered to Taylor at Fort Crawford. At the time of this announcement, the second Fort Crawford was in the process of being built and would not be fully completed until 1835. In the meantime, U.S. soldiers were stationed in the first Fort Crawford. One soldier serving in Fort Crawford at this time was Jefferson Davis, future president of the Confederate States of America, who fell in love with Taylor's daughter, Sarah Knox Taylor, whom he later married despite the fact that Taylor disapproved of the relationship.

    Condition: The document has two horizontal folds, but otherwise is in fine condition. Taylor bold signature has smudged.

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