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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Taylor was basically a soldier at heart, serving parts of 40 years in the Army as an officer. Like his father he was a prominent planter using mostly slave labor; others ran his affairs when he was on duty. The author does devote much of the book to his military career, especially the Mexican-American War which was a precipitous event for North-South relations. It is difficult to understand how it is that Taylor became the Whig nominee for President and then won the election.
Furthermore, in this era when generals have vast experience and training, it seems that Taylor was more of a seat-of-the-pants general who was somewhat fortunate in his outcomes. Again, how did he gain fame as a general in an era of very limited media? Taylor was a reluctant president, but was forced to deal with the new territory seized from Mexico by the Polk administration. His feelings of not wanting to extend slavery were not accepted by hard line Southerners.
This was the backdrop for the Compromise of Taylor actually died before the separate bills of the Compromise were signed. The best that the author can say about Taylor in his Presidency is that he was a Union man in times when disunion was being discussed. Perhaps that is something given those who followed Taylor. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. So Taylor began his career as a recruiting officer. He was sent first to Washington, Kentucky, where he found little enthusiasm on the part of the citizenry for military life.
He went on to Mayville, where he had better luck. The situation at New Orleans was hardly conducive to inspiring a young man to remain in military life. The troops were suffering in the heat of the New Orleans summer, and to make matters worse they were commanded by a rogue, Brigadier General James Wilkinson. At a time when rogues abounded, Wilkinson was unique in the varieties of his villainy. Some officers were treacherous, some were avaricious, and some were simply incompetent.
Wilkinson managed to combine all three. Perhaps the least of his flaws was his greed. In the range of his ventures—land speculation, assorted business enterprises, including some of dubious legality, and being a paid agent of Spain—General Wilkinson took second place to none. At that time, the bulk of the army, about two thousand men, was concentrated under his command, and the condition of the troops was grim. They suffered from the heat and indulged in the fleshly temptations of the city to the extent that everyone, even Wilkinson, agreed that they had to be moved.
Secretary of War Henry Dearborn therefore ordered Wilkinson to move his army up the Mississippi River to Fort Adams, near Natchez, where conditions were said to be relatively healthy. Wilkinson may not have received this order in time because communications were slow. In any case he moved, not to Natchez but to a spot below New Orleans on the Mississippi only thirteen miles away from the city.
It has been assumed that his business interests, plus the allurements of his current mistress, were instrumental in his choice. The name of the spot was Terre Aux Boeufs, and a worse place could not be found. The Kentuckians, who composed the Seventh Infantry and who had undergone the coldest winter in memory, succumbed even faster than their comrades.
Conditions at camp beggared description. More men were sick than well, and it was impossible to care for all their needs. Sanitation did not exist. Spoiled food, supplied by seedy and frequently corrupt contractors, revolted those who were supposed to eat it. Attempts at burial were pitiful.
Interred higgledy-piggledy in shallow graves, the protruding arms and legs of the deceased took the place of missing markers in reminding the living of the fate that might be theirs. Nearly the entire army was wiped out. It was one of those rare instances in which an army was destroyed without the. Taylor himself was spared most of the trials of the Terre Aux Boeufs calamity because he succumbed to the prevailing illness early but survived it. He took his time back at Louisville in getting his personal holdings in order.
While on this extended leave at Louisville, Zachary Taylor met his future wife, Margaret Mackall Smith, who was visiting her sister, Mrs. Each book in this series is an appealing mix of full-color historical images and photos, Mike's hilarious cartoon-style illustrations, and simple, factual text describing each person's path toward the nation's highest office. These biographies are peppered with humbling and funny anecdotes that bring out the humanity of each of these historical figures and help kids realize that these were real people--not just names from history books.
Zachary Taylor grew up on a frontier farm in Kentucky and joined the U. Army as a young man.