Gen. Winfield Scott (USA) ("Old Fuss and Feathers")

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John Winfield Scott

Also Known As: "Old Fuss and Feathers"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Laurel Branch, his father's plantation, 14 miles from Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Virginia, United States
Death: May 29, 1866 (79)
West Point, Orange County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: West Point, Orange County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. William Scott and Ann Scott
Husband of Lucy Scott and Maria Dehart Scott
Father of Winiford Scott; John Scott; Maria Mayo Scott; John Mayo Scott; Virginia Scott and 10 others
Brother of David Scott; Rebecca Pegram; Mary Mason Scott; Ann Walker; Colonel James Scott and 2 others

Occupation: Soldier
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About Gen. Winfield Scott (USA) ("Old Fuss and Feathers")

Winfield Scott (June 13, 1786 – May 29, 1866) was a United States Army general, and unsuccessful presidential candidate of the Whig Party in 1852.

Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" and the "Grand Old Man of the Army," he served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history and many historians rate him the ablest American commander of his time. Over the course of his forty-seven-year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War, conceiving the Union strategy known as the Anaconda Plan that would be used to defeat the Confederacy. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army for twenty years, longer than any other holder of the office.

A national hero after the Mexican-American War, he served as military governor of Mexico City. Such was his stature that, in 1852, the United States Whig Party passed over its own incumbent President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, to nominate Scott in the United States presidential election. Scott lost to Democrat Franklin Pierce in the general election, but remained a popular national figure, receiving a brevet promotion in 1856 to the rank of lieutenant general, becoming the first American since George Washington to hold that rank

War with Mexico When War broke out with Mexico in 1846 the 1st Infantry Regiment was sent across the border with General Zachary Taylor's, Army and participated in the storming of Monterrey where the regiment fought house to house in savage hand to hand combat. From Monterrey the regiment was transferred to General Winfield Scott's command and participated in the first modern amphibious landing in American history at Vera Cruz in 1847.

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Gen. Winfield Scott (USA) ("Old Fuss and Feathers")'s Timeline

June 13, 1786
14 miles from Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Virginia, United States
November 4, 1813
Age 27
Dinwiddie County, Virginia, United States
February 2, 1816
Age 29
Dinwiddie, VA, USA
Age 30
Elizabethtown, NJ, USA
April 18, 1819
Age 32
Elizabethtown, NJ, USA
Age 34
Elizabethtown, NJ, USA
March 23, 1823
Age 36
Elizabethtown, NJ, USA
Age 38
Elizabethtown, NJ, USA
Age 40
Elizabethtown, NJ, USA
January 21, 1834
Age 47
Elizabethtown, NJ, USA