Zachary Taylor: Reconciliation

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Zachary Taylor was a lifelong soldier – up through the ranks.

Colonel Taylor: Commandant

General Zachary Taylor

In the early 1830s, Colonel Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) was the commandant of Fort Crawford, a small outpost in Priairie-du-Chien, Wisconsin, as the Black Hawk War was skirmishing. Having risen in the ranks since his late teens, he brought his wife and family along wherever he was posted. Three daughters and a son.

Army life in those still-frontier days was harsh, particularly on one’s health. Death came all too often, and not just in battle. Serious and communicable disease was common; infant and child mortality was high. The Taylors had already lost two children. There was always danger. There were little civilized luxuries and cultural opportunities.

Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor.

The usual procedure for those early years of Zachary and Peggy Taylor, was to keep the children with them until they were of “schooling”…

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