General Scott eBook

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

In November, 1813, Congress passed a joint resolution complimenting General Scott for his skill and gallantry in the battles of Chippewa and Niagara and for his uniform good conduct throughout the war, and directed the striking and presentation to him of a gold medal.  This was presented to him in a speech of great feeling and high compliment at the Executive Mansion in the presence of the members of the Cabinet and many other distinguished persons.  On July 4, 1831, General Scott watched the last moments and closed the eyes of President Monroe in New York city.  In February, 1816, the Legislature of Virginia passed a resolution unanimously returning thanks to General Scott for his services to his country, and also voted him a sword.  This was followed by like action by the Legislature of New York.  In 1815 he was elected an honorary member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

In April, 1817, General Andrew Jackson issued from Nashville, Tenn., an order reciting that “the commanding general considers it due to the principles of subordination which might and must exist in an army to prohibit the obedience of any order emanating from the Department of War to officers of the division who have reported and been assigned to duty, unless coming through him as the proper organ of communication.”  At a dinner party in New York soon after the publication of this order Governor Clinton desired to know General Scott’s opinion of it.  He expressed views in opposition to General Jackson, and added that its tendency was mutinous.  An anonymous writer published the details of this conversation in a New York paper called the Columbian, and a copy of it reached General Jackson, who wrote General Scott as follows: 


“NASHVILLE, September 17, 1817.

“SIR:  With that candor due the character you have sustained as a soldier and a man of honor, and with the fairness of the latter, I address you.  Inclosed is a copy of an anonymous letter postmarked New York, August 14, 1817, together with a publication taken from the Columbian, which accompanied the letter.  I have not permitted myself for a moment to believe that the conduct ascribed to you is correct.  Candor, however, induces me to lay them before you, that you may have it in your power to say how far they be incorrectly stated.  If my order has been the subject of your animadversions, it is believed you will at once admit it, and the extent to which you may have gone.

“I am, sir, respectfully,

“Your most obedient servant,


General W. SCOTT, U.S.  Army.”

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