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Lot 83: 1846 General WINFIELD SCOTT Mexican-American War Document Signed
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
1846 Commutation of Money Document Signed By "Old Fuss and Feathers" Union Army General Winfield Scott
WINFIELD SCOTT (1786-1866). Brigadier General in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Mexican-American War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War. Congress would later present him a Gold Medal; Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army (1841 through 1861); unsuccessful Presidential Candidate of the Whig Party in 1852.
October 12, 1846-Dated Mexican-American War, "Commutation of Money" due Partially-Printed Document Signed, "Winfield Scott" by Union Army General Winfield Scott, Choice Crisp Near Mint. Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" and the "Grand Old Man of the Army," he served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history! Superb quality, signed payroll statement receipt, which measures 8" x 3.25" in fresh, bright and clean condition with vivid brown manuscript portions and crisp, 1.75" long signature. The payroll receipt reads in part:
"I Certify, ON HONOR, that I have not been on furlough during any part of the time above charged for, that I have not been provided with quarters or fuel by the public, nor received a commutation of money in lieu thereof, and that I am not in arrears to the United States on any account whatever..."
The payroll receipt was signed during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), where General Winfield Scott was serving as a commander at the time. Scott is considered by many historians to be the best American commander of his time. He served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history. Overall, condition of payroll receipt is Choice Crisp Extremely Fine.
Winfield Scott (June 13, 1786 - May 29, 1866) was a United States Army General, and unsuccessful Presidential Candidate of the Whig Party in 1852. Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" and the "Grand Old Man of the Army," he served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history, and many historians rate him the best American commander of his time.
Over the course of his 53-year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Mexican-American War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War, conceiving the Union strategy known as the Anaconda Plan that would be used to defeat the Confederacy. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army for twenty years, longer than any other holder of the office.
A national hero after the Mexican-American War, he served as military governor of Mexico City. Such was his stature that, in 1852, the United States Whig Party passed over its own incumbent President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, to nominate Scott in that year's United States presidential election. At a height of 6'5", he remains the tallest man ever nominated by a major party. Scott lost to Democrat Franklin Pierce in the general election, but remained a popular national figure, receiving a brevet promotion in 1856 to the rank of Lieutenant General, becoming the first American since George Washington to hold that rank!