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    Zachary Taylor Letter Signed "Z. Taylor" as colonel of the First Regiment of U. S. Infantry. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Fort Crawford [Wisconsin], April 25, 1834, to Col. R. Jones regarding a Capt. Mackee. In full: "Herewith is returned agreeably to your directions the application of Capt Mackee for the Recruiting Service. He has been placed on that duty at St. Louis, Mo. with orders to open a Rendezvous & recruit for the 1st Regiment of Infantry." Docketed on the verso. Slightly toned folds, else fine.

    Taylor was nearly 30 years into military service in 1834. He had seen action during the War of 1812, had served up and down the frontier, and, most recent to the writing of this letter, took part in Black Hawk's War. "Old Rough and Ready" would go on to serve in the Second Seminole War in 1835 and become a hero of the Mexican War. His leadership during the American victories at the Battles of Palo Alto and Monterrey helped propel him to victory over Lewis Cass during the presidential election of 1848. He would not hold that office long, however, as he died just over one year into his term, only the second president to do so.

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