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Scott, Winfield

Winfield Scott, detail

Born in Virginia, Winfield Scott began the Civil War as the General-in-Chief of the Union armies. Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers," Scott had been a war hero and presidential candidate (1852), but he was nearing the end of his life as the conflict erupted. The general clashed with President James Buchanan (Class of 1809) during the Sumter crisis.

Life span: 
06/13/1786 to 05/29/1866


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