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Winfield Scott Letters, 1836

Identifier: MC-1964-192

Scope and Contents

The first item· is a letter from Scott to Gov. William Schley of Georgia dated March 6, 1836, in which he reports on the conditions of the first battalion of Georgia mounted men. He says the report is not favorable as the men generally refuse to be mustered into the service of the United States. He goes on to mention those who will be willing to serve and their names are listed at the end of the letter.

The second item is a letter dated June 1, 1836, from the Headquarters of the South also written by Scott and addressed to Maj. Gen. T. S. Jesup. Scott is charging Jesup with the direction of the war against the Creek Indians according to orders received by Scott. The orders outline just what constitutes a company, a battalion, a regiment, etc.

Toward the end of the letter is this paragraph: "In respect to the removal of Indians who have been uniformly friendly, or who may come in or surrender themselves for emigration, you are fully acquainted with the views of the government, and I can only add---carry out those views."


  • Creation: 1836-03-06 - 1836-06-01


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Biographical / Historical

Winfield Scott was an American Army officer. Over the course of his 53-year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Mexican–American War, and the Second Seminole War. He was the army's senior officer at the start of the American Civil War. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army for twenty years, longer than any other holder of the office.


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Physical Description

In excellent condition. There are typescripts of both letters.

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Repository Details

Part of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum Repository

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