General Scott eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 339 pages of information about General Scott.

Eleventh and Fourteenth Infantry. 
A Light Battery.

2.  Brigadier-General Franklin Pierce’s Brigade.

Ninth, Twelfth, and Fifteenth Infantry.


1.  Brigadier-General Shields’s Brigade.

New York Volunteers. 
South Carolina Volunteers.

2.  Lieutenant-Colonel Watson’s Brigade.

A detachment of Second Pennsylvania Volunteers. 
A detachment of United States Marines.

List of Officers of the Battalion of Marines under Command of Lieutenant-Colonel Watson.

Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel E. Watson, Major Levi Twiggs, Major William Dulany.

Staff.—­First Lieutenant and Adjutant D.D.  Baker, First Lieutenant and Acting Quartermaster John S. Devlin.

Captains.—­John G. Reynolds, George H. Terrett, and William Lang.

First Lieutenants.—­Jabez C. Rich, Robert C. Caldwell, William L. Young, Thomas A. Brady, John D. Simms, and Daniel J. Sutherland.

Second Lieutenants.—­George Adams, E. McD.  Reynolds, Thomas Y. Field, Charles G. McCawley, Freeman Norvell, Charles A. Henderson, John S. Nicholson, Augustus S. Nicholson, and Henry Welsh.


Scott’s care for the welfare of his army—­Account of the money levied on Mexico—­Last note to the Secretary of War while commander in chief in Mexico—­Army asylums—­Treaty of peace—­Scott turns over the army to General William O. Butler—­Scott and Worth—­Court of inquiry on Worth—­The “Leonidas” and “Tampico” letters—­Revised paragraph 650—­Army regulations—­General Worth demands a court of inquiry and prefers charges against Scott—­Correspondence—­General belief as to Scott’s removal command—­The trial—­Return home of General Scott.

As an army commander General Scott had frequent occasion to use money for which vouchers or even ordinary receipts could not be taken and the nature of the service could not be specified; he styled them “secret disbursements.”  In a letter to the War Department of February 6, 1848, he stated that he “had made no report of such disbursements since leaving Jalapa, (1) because of the uncertainty of our communications with Vera Cruz, and (2) the necessity of certain explanations which, on account of others, ought not to be reduced to writing,” and added, “I have never tempted the honor or patriotism of any man, but have held it as lawful in morals as in war to purchase valuable information or services voluntarily tendered me.”

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