Winfield Scott, 1786-1866, was a career U.S. Army officer, served throughout War of 1812, Indian Wars, War with Mexico, and the Civil War; presidential nominee for the Whig party in 1852.
Collection includes a scrapbook of correspondence, engraved portraits, military orders, political campaign literature, and newspaper clippings concerning Scott's personal, political and military life. Chiefly correspondence, consisting of about 130 letters, between various military and political officials. Most letters, about 100, are written by Scott; many are letters of introduction or recommendation. Some letters concern the 1830s conflicts involving the Creek and Seminole peoples; others relate to the War with Mexico. Correspondents include Salmon P. Chase, John E. Wool, and Edwin Stanton. Present are brief documents signed by Presidents Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Zachary Taylor, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. Also included are engraved portraits of Scott and other contemporary famous figures. Each item is accompanied by a typed description, by an unknown annotator, which provides additional background information.