Mathew Brady Studio Gen. Winfield Scott
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1861c Print Date 1861c
Dimensions 16-1/2 x 9-5/8 in. (419 x 244 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
This large image is quite rare of General Winfield Scott. The same image at the National Portrait Gallery is smaller and cropped down from this full standing image, as are the cdv copies of it. We have yet to locate a full-length version, besides this one. Comes with a cut of Scott's ink signature pasted on to the recto of the mount at the bottom of the photo. The same photograph was used to make an engraving of Scott that was issued in New York in 1864.
General Winfield Scott (1786-1866) rose to Major General in the War of 1812. Scott served as the commanding general of the U.S. Army during the Mexican War. Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" for his insistence on military discipline, he directed the 1847 campaign that captured the coastal city of Veracruz. He not only captured Vera Cruz, but defeated the Mexicans at Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco, Molino del Rey and Chapultepec and occupied Mexico City.
Scott was General in Chief of the U.S. Army from 1841-1861. The last presidential nominee of the Whig Party, "old Fuss n' Feathers" lost the election of 1852 to Democrat Franklin Pierce.
Scott deserves to be recognized as one of the finest military leaders the U.S. has produced. His campaign from the coast to Mexico City, against a foe more skilled and tenacious than is generally recalled today, was bold, and brilliantly executed.
The "Anaconda Plan" he proposed to President Lincoln in 1861, calling for a blockade of southern ports coordinated with a combined army/navy push down the Mississippi River to cut the Confederacy in half, provided the framework for ultimate Union victory. When he retired from the military in 1861--roughly the year this photograph was taken--he had accumulated more than 50 years of military service.
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