Thursday, February 2, 2012

General Winfield Scott

The Mexican War And Its Heroes...

When the war of 1812 commenced he [General Winfield Scott] had already advanced to the rank of lieutenant colonel. At the battle of Queenstown Heights Scott gave assurance of his future military usefulness.

After behaving in the most gallant manner his command of three hundred men became separated from the main body and were attacked by thirteen hundred British and Indians. He defended himself for a long while but was at length taken prisoner and carried with his troops to Quebec. While here he challenged the respect of the British officers by his independent and soldier like bearing. His rescue of the Irish prisoners is well known and many other anecdotes are related of him during this confinement. In a little while he was exchanged and sent to Boston.

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