Guide to the Winfield Scott (1786-1866), Army Officerand Whig Party Candidate, Papers 1823-1849 MG 40
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Inventory prepared by James Lewis as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. July 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Winfield Scott, the son of Ann Mason and William Scott, was born in 1786 in Petersburg, Virginia. Scott entered the United States Army in 1807 and was commissioned as a captain in 1808. In 1809, while a Captain in the United States Army, Scott was suspended for a year for “behaving with contempt or disrespect towards his commanding officer.” During the War of 1812, Winfield Scott became a Brigadier General and fought along the Niagara River at the battles of Fort George, Queenston Heights, and Lundy’s Lane. After the War of 1812, Scott left the army and, in 1817, married Maria D. Mayo and together had seven children. He returned to active duty in 1832 to participate in the Blackhawk War (1831-1832) and later in the Seminole Wars (1835-1842). He was known as “Old Fuss and Feathers” because of his attention to detail and a penchant
The collection consists of the papers of Winfield Scott, dating from 1823-1849. Most of the collection consists of correspondence between Winfield Scott and Professor Charles Davies in which the two, mainly Scott, discuss politics. There is also correspondence with a number of other notables including: President Andrew Jackson, Honorable James Monroe, and Honorable James Cooper. The collection includes Scott’s letter to The New Jersey Historical Society regarding his payment of dues, a letter from E.W. Johnston to Charles King, the pay roll for Winfield Scott’s light artillery company in 1809, and notes on Scott’s trial for “behaving with contempt or disrespect toward his commanding officer.” It is not clear who wrote these notes, although it is likely that Winfield Scott did not write them.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 40, Winfield Scott Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Gift (in part) of Alice R. Allan, 1942.