On January 12, 1838, Colonel Zachary Taylor penned a letter to his close friend and confidant Senator John J. Crittenden of Kentucky. Eighteen days earlier, on Christmas Day, 1837, Taylor’s command fought the largest and bloodiest pitched battle of the Second Seminole War at Lake Okeechobee. As he wrote from Fort Gardiner on the Kissimmee River, the army was preparing to extend its campaign even further inland.
Kersey, Jr., Harry A.
""Was I a Member of Congress . . .": Zachary Taylor's Letter to John J. Crittenden, January 12, 1838, Concerning the Second Seminole War,"
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