Title - Orders and instructions to General Taylor. War Department, May 28, 1845
Date - May 28, 1845
Publication Information - Messages of the President of the United States, with the correspondence, therewith communicated, between the Secretary of War and other officers of the government, on the subject of the Mexican War. Published by: Wendall and van Benthuysen, Washington, 1848
Format - Letters (correspondence)
Collection - The University of Texas at Arlington Library, Special Collections.
Call Number - E404.U59 Library Collections Depository, Special Collections
Description - In late May, 1845, the administration believed that Texas would soon formally agree to the terms of the joint resolution on annexation passed by the U.S. Congress in March. Accordingly, the War Department directed General Zachary Taylor, then stationed at Fort Jesup, Louisiana, to take steps to prepare for the defense of the new state. Once Texas acceded to the terms of annexation, it would then be regarded as U.S. territory, and Taylor should be prepared to move his troops into Texas and, in consultation with local authorities, be ready to deal with both the threat of Indian depredations and the prospect of invasion by a “foreign enemy.”