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Pvt William Scott
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1839
Groton
Caledonia County
Vermont, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1862
York County
Virginia, USA

The Sleeping Sentinel. Five Scott brothers fought in Civil War, only one survived. Received basic education in local schools. Worked on family farm. Enlisted in Company K, Third Vermont Regiment, July 10, 1861. Third Vermont was assigned to guard Washington DC, including bridges over Potomac River. On August 31 he was assigned guard duty on one of the Potomac bridges after a day of strenuous marching and drilling. He was found asleep at his post. He was arrested, court-martialed, convicted, and sentenced to death by firing squad, with an execution date of September 9. Lucius Chittenden, A Vermonter working for the Treasury Department in Washington, was approached by several of Scott's comrades who believed the sentence, meant to serve as an example to new recruits, was too harsh. Chittenden met with President Lincoln, who agreed. Lincoln then interceded with Army of the Potomac Commander General George B. McClellan, who issued a pardon. He was returned to duty with Company K, and performed capably. Killed while fighting in Peninsular Campaign. Subject of poem romanticizing his court-martial, "The Sleeping Sentinel," by Francis De Haes Janvier. The William Scott Memorial Association erected a monument to him on site of Scott Family farm, US Route 302 in Groton. US Route 302 from start in Montpelier east to border with New Hampshire is William Scott Memorial Highway. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
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 Parents:
  Mary Wormwood Scott (1811 - 1865)
 
 Siblings:
  William Scott (1839 - 1862)
  George Scott (1841 - 1862)*
  John William Scott (1842 - 1921)*
  Joseph W Scott (1846 - ____)*
  Daniel W. Scott (1848 - 1864)*
  Frank B Scott (1852 - 1923)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Yorktown National Cemetery
Yorktown
York County
Virginia, USA
Plot: 351
 
Created by: Diana Williams
Record added: Sep 02, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11663370
Pvt William Scott
Added by: Bill McKern
 
Pvt William Scott
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Pvt William Scott
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