It fell, but Taylor showed them mercy by giving them a two-month ceasefire. Many Southerners were surprised and angry at Taylor's stances on slavery and the country began to move towards civil war. Despite his military career, Taylor still had enough time to engage in business. It is a historical fact that, without Taylor's death, the Compromise of - which allowed California into the Union as a free state, but which kept slavery possible in other territories - may never have happened. One of his direct forebears was Elder William Brewster, one of the pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower. Zachary Taylor is most famous for his long military career and his victories in the Mexican-American War. The horse was name Whitney.