(1786-1866) A year older than the Constitution, the venerable Scott, hero of the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, became General in chief of the U.S. Army in 1841, a position he still held at the start of the Civil War. A true professional soldier, he was one of the very few men in the country who saw the need to prepare for a major military effort. His Anacondona Plan proved to be very sound. Succeeded by General George B. McClellan in Nov. 1861, he retired to write his memoirs, and died at West Point in 1866 where he is buried. A Virginian, he was the only non-West Pointer of Southern origin in the Regular Army to remain loyal to the Union.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Outdoor seated view of General Scott in his dress uniform with epaulettes and holding his sword. This view was taken at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., circa 1861. Period ink ID written (not in Scott's hand) in ink on the front mount. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, From Photographic Negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Very fine.