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Taylor, Zachary
AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT, SIGNED, BY FUTURE PRESIDENT ZACHARY TAYLOR, AS ACTING UNITED STATES INDIAN AGENT, TO WILLIAM YOAKUM, AUTHORIZING AGRICULTURAL EXPENDITURES FOR THE YELLOW RIVER INDIAN MISSION SCHOOL]
Fort Crawford, Prairie de Chien, Wi, 1835. [1]p., on a quarto sheet. Original mailing folds, mild toning, minor edge wear. Very good. A rare frontier communication from future president Zachary Taylor during his time as an Indian Agent in Wisconsin Territory. Here, Taylor approves $54.50 for services rendered by William Yoakum "as labourer or agriculturist in the Winnebago Indian farm on Yellow River on the west side of the Mississippi near Prairie du Chien under the 5th Article of the Treaty of Fort Armstrong Rock Island Illinois of 15th Sept., 1832 for three months & nineteen days." Taylor's authorization states that Yoakum's account is "just & true" and that Yoakum's services were "faithfully rendered for the benefit of the Indians." Yoakum acknowledges receipt of the wages from J.B.W. Stockton, "Military disbursing Agent for the Indian Department," in a short signed note below Taylor's authorization. Zachary Taylor previously commanded Fort Crawford from 1829 until the Black Hawk War broke out in 1832, at which time he led forces against Chief Black Hawk in Illinois and Wisconsin. In August 1832, after the Battle of Bad Axe, Chief Black Hawk surrendered to Taylor at Fort Crawford. Before he was ordered to Florida to take command of U.S. forces during the Second Seminole War in 1837, Taylor worked as an Indian Agent along the upper Mississippi River, and served again as commandant at Fort Crawford, where he supervised the final stages of construction for the Indian Mission School referenced in the current document. William Yoakum's work was quite possibly of an education … [Click Below for Full Description]
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