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General Winfield Scott sails for the Pacific NorthWest to head off the "Pig War"

Winfield Scott, detail
09/20/1859
Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott left New York City this day on a steamer bound for the northwest Pacific coastal island of San Juan.  He was charged there with representing the United States in a territorial dispute with the British, known as the "Pig War" from its advent in an argument over a pig, that had threatened to escalate into a unwanted military clash.  Cooler heads eventually prevailed and the islands were partitioned between the two powers.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 404.

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