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Winfield Scott
Birth: Jun. 13, 1786
Dinwiddie County
Virginia, USA
Death: May 29, 1866
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA

United States Army General. Undoubtedly the foremost American military figure of the first half of the 19th Century, his career spanned from 1808 to the Civil War. As a Brigadier General in the War of 1812, he captured Fort George, defeated the British at Upholds Creek, New York and commanded American forces at the Battles of Lundy's Lane and Chippewa. He studied European military tactics after the war and conducted operations against the Creek and Seminole Indians in Florida (Seminole Wars). In 1841 he succeeded General Alexander Macomb as General-in-Chief of the United States Army, serving in that capacity from until 1861. After the outbreak of the Mexican War, he took command of operations against Mexico after being unsatisfied with General Zachary Taylor's victories in Northern Mexico. He personally planned and led the American troop movements that captured Vera Cruz, and directed every American victory from the Battle of Cerro Gordo to the final Battle of Chapultepec and the capitulation of Mexico City. Defeated by Franklin Pierce for President of the United States in 1852, he remained loyal to the Union at the outbreak of the Civil War, despite his Virginia birth. His "Anaconda Plan" was the basic strategy that successive Union commanders followed to victory over the Confederacy. He was retired due to age in November 1861 with the rank of senior Major General, and was brevetted Lieutenant General, United States Regular Army. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Maria DeHart Mayo Scott (1789 - 1862)*
 
 Children:
  Adeline Camilla Scott Hoyt (1831 - 1882)*
  Marcella Scott MacTavish (1833 - 1909)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 26, Row A, Grave 16
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Rest in peace General. Thank you for your service to America
- colin smith
 Added: Jan. 12, 2014
Rest in peace General. Thank you for your service to America
- colin smith
 Added: Jan. 12, 2014
He is my 4th great-Uncle. brother to Elizabeth Scott-Lee. Thank you for all you did for our country. Love from your family Lee-Taylor-Greer-Puntenney
- carole taylor puntenney
 Added: Jan. 4, 2014
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