Summary

Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
13 Jun 1786 1
Laurel Branch, VA 1
Death:
29 May 1866 1
West Point, New York 1
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Full Name:
Winfield Scott 1
Also known as:
Old Fat and Feeble 1
Also known as:
Grand Old Man of the Army 1
Also known as:
Old Fuss and Feathers 1
Birth:
13 Jun 1786 1
Laurel Branch, VA 1
Death:
29 May 1866 2
West Point, New York 2
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Birth:
Mother: Anna Mason 2
Father: William Scott 2
Marriage:
Maria D. Mayo 2
1817 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Service End Date:
01 Nov 1861 1

Mexican-American War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Major General 1

War of 1812 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Brevet Major General 1
Service Start Date:
July 1812 1
Service End Date:
1815 1

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Notable Quotations

"Brave rifles!  Veterans!  You have been baptized in fire and blood and have come out steel!" ~Winfield Scott, Battle of Chapultepec, September 1847.

"But, wherever I may spend my little remainder of life, my frequent and latest prayer will be 'God save the Union!'" ~Winfield Scott, letter to Simon Cameron, August 9, 1861. 

Winfield Scott served on active duty longer than any other man in American history; he was a soldier of the War of 1812, Mexican-American War, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and the American Civil War. 

During the Mexican-American War, Scott captured the key position of Mexico City on 14 September 1847. He later became the military governor of the captured city. The victory was crucial in winning the Mexican-American War.

Capture of Fort George

Ontario, Canada

On 27 March 1813, Winfield Scott and his troops captured Fort George (Ontario, Canada) from the British. In a joint army-navy amphibious assault, Scott landed and advanced. The British counter-attacked but decided to evacuate the fort when they realized they were both outnumbered and outflanked. The Americans initially pursued them but were eventually called off.

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