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Thursday, July 22, 2004
"OLD FUSS AND FEATHERS"
General Winfield Scott may not be known to every school child today, but his position in American military history was profound. He was the most prominant military leader between
the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and played key roles in many conflicts that defined both our borders, and our willingness to use armed might in our quest for land.
During the War of 1812, Scott was a brigadier general and fought in the Niagara Campaign, in which he was wounded..
Scott's Tactics became a standard manual for soldiers soon after it was written..
Scott fought in many actions against Native Americans. Unsavory to us today, but as a career military man, he accepted his assignments, and tried to carry them out efficiently first, and humanely, if possible. Here is his speech to the Cherokee Nation, as they were forced onto the 'trail of tears'..
His greatest triumph was probably during the Mexican War..
At the beginning of the Civil War, Scott was 75, and soon would step down to be replaced by the uninspired George McClellan. However, his long range strategic view can be said to have set the course of the war in much the same way as von Schlieffen posthumously directed the course of german strategy in the First World War..
I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman