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—05/29/1866

Life Summary

Full name
  Winfield Scott
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Exact
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  White
Sectional choice
  North
Origins
  Slave State
No. of Spouses
  1
No. of Children
  7
Family
 
William Scott (father), Ann Mason Scott (mother), Maria D. Mayo (wife, 1817)
Education
  William & Mary
Occupation
  Military
  Diplomat
  Attorney or Judge
Military
  US military (Pre-Civil War)
  Union Army

Note Cards

Major Topics

Documents

Subject
 
Date Title
01/09/1847 Debate Over Increase of the Army, House of Representatives, January 9, 1847
01/12/1848 Abraham Lincoln, Speech in United States House of Representatives: The War with Mexico, January 12, 1848
02/05/1857 New York Times, “Gen. Scott and the Secretary of War,” February 5, 1857
03/20/1858 Israel Washburn to James Shepard Pike, March 20, 1858
07/03/1858 Boston (MA) Flag of Our Union, "The Mormon War," July 3, 1858
08/15/1858 New York Herald, “Political Joking," August 15, 1858
12/10/1858 New York Herald, “The Union of the Opposition Factions,” December 10, 1858
01/17/1859 New York Herald, “The Present Congress and the Next President,” January 17, 1859
01/24/1859 New York Herald, “The Presidential Question,” January 24, 1859
09/21/1859 New York Times, “Gen. Scott’s Mission,” September 21, 1859
12/25/1859 New York Herald, “Seward Nominated for the Presidency by the Abolitionists,” December 25, 1859
12/27/1859 New York Herald, “Nomination of Gen. Scott by the New York Union Meeting,” December 27, 1859
06/01/1860 Abraham Lincoln, Autobiography, circa June 1860
07/21/1860 New York Times, “The Herald in Harness,” July 21, 1860
11/02/1860 New York Times, “Buchanan vs. Gen Scott,” November 2, 1860
11/28/1860 New York Herald, "General Scott Wanted At Washington," November 28, 1860
01/15/1861 New York Herald, “Ex-Secretary Floyd on the Crisis,” January 15, 1861
01/24/1861 Leonard Swett to Abraham Lincoln, January 24, 1861
01/30/1861 Elihu B. Washburne to Abraham Lincoln, January 30, 1861
03/02/1861 Atchison (KS) Freedom’s Champion, “Mr. Lincoln at Washington,” March 2, 1861
03/13/1861 Cleveland (OH) Herald, “Proposed Evacuation of Fort Sumter,” March 13, 1861
03/18/1861 New York Times, “About Fort Sumpter [Sumter],” March 18, 1861
04/01/1861 Abraham Lincoln to William Seward, April 1, 1861
04/11/1861 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, "Alarming News," April 11, 1861
04/16/1861 James Henderson to Abraham Lincoln, April 16, 1861
04/16/1861 New York Herald, “The Present Administration Doing What The Last Should Have Done,” April 16, 1861
04/19/1861 Charleston (SC) Mercury, “Henry Ward Beecher on War,” April 19, 1861
04/22/1861 William Seward to Thomas Hicks, April 22, 1861
04/27/186104/28/1861 C. P. Kirkland, Jr.’s Letter, April 27-28, 1861
04/27/1861 Charleston (SC) Mercury, “Gen. Scott,” April 27, 1861
04/29/1861 Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Washington Safe,” April 29, 1861
05/16/1861 Montgomery Blair to Abraham Lincoln, May 16, 1861
06/05/1861 San Francisco (CA) Evening Bulletin, “The Lack of “Improved” Firearms in the South,” June 5, 1861
06/06/1861 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “The Mothers and Wives,” June 6, 1861
06/17/1861 Cleveland (OH) Herald, “A Submissionist Answered,” June 17, 1861
06/18/1861 Chillicothe (OH) Scioto Gazette, “The Plans of General Scott,” June 18, 1861
06/25/1861 Boston (MA) Advertiser, “The Coming Man,” June 25, 1861
07/04/1861 Abraham Lincoln, Message to the Congress in Special Session, July 4, 1861
07/04/1861 Boston (MA) Advertiser, “The Attacks Upon General Scott,” July 4, 1861
07/24/1861 Chicago (IL) Tribune, “An Absurdity Exposed,” July 24, 1861
08/01/1861 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “Gen. Scott Vanquished At Last,” August 1, 1861
09/16/1861 Timothy Davis to William H. Seward, September 16, 1861
11/01/1861 United States Army Order Number 19 , Washington, D.C., November 1, 1861
11/02/1862 Mary Todd Lincoln to Abraham Lincoln, November 2, 1862

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