Winfield Scott - A Stalwart of American Military History

Winfield Scott

(1786-1866)

WHO HE WAS:

Winfield Scott was a senior United States Army officer, diplomat, and presidential candidate known for his military service in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the early stages of the American Civil War. His nickname, "Old Fuss and Feathers," underscored his penchant for military pomp and strict discipline. Scott's 53 years of service are marked by strategic acumen and an ability to adapt to the evolving nature of warfare.

WHAT HE SAID:

"The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree."

WHY HE MATTERED:

Scott's legacy includes a series of military successes that helped define the contours of the early United States. He played a crucial role in the Mexican-American War, most notably in his Mexico City campaign. Scott also authored the "Anaconda Plan" which outlined the Union strategy for subduing the Confederacy during the Civil War.