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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1839-1842
Author Taylor, Zachary (1784-1850)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Two letters, one (Mar. 11, 1839) addressed to the governor of the Florida Territory, R.K. Call, regarding plans to use militia and regular army troops to drive the Seminoles from middle Florida in response to recent deadly raids near the territorial capital. The other (Sept. 13, 1842), addressed to the adjutant-general of the army, Roger Jones, concerns the purchase from the Kickapoos of white child captives of the Comanches. In particular, Taylor requests assistance in communicating information to Texas authorities about an unidentified and non-English speaking returned boy in hopes that he might be reunited with his family.
Names Call, Richard Keith (1791-1862); Jones, Roger (1789-1852)
Places Fort Smith, Arkansas, Fort Micanopy, Florida, Texas, United States
Keywords governor, territory, armed forces, militia, attack, captive, government relations, war, financial transaction, cultural assimilation
Theme Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast, Great Plains
Additional Information Taylor was a soldier and twelfth president of the United States. Following success as field commander during the Seminole War in Florida, Taylor assumed command of the department in May, 1838. In 1840, he was transferred to the Southwest and headquartered for a year in Baton Rouge, before relieving Gen. Arbuckle at Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 876
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue