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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Elizabeth in Union County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

General Winfield Scott

General Winfield Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 5, 2008
1. General Winfield Scott Marker
Marker is one of many found in Winfield Scott Plaza.
1786 – 1866
Hero of the Mexican War

Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Mexican-American. A significant historical year for this entry is 1786.
Location. 40° 39.833′ N, 74° 12.67′ W. Marker is in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in Union County. Marker is at the intersection of E.Jersey St and Winfield Scott Plaza, on the left when traveling west on E.Jersey St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elizabeth NJ 07201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seven Astronauts (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington’s Inaugural Bicentennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Boxwood Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Property of John Ogden   1680 (about 600 feet away); The Belcher-Ogden Mansion (about 700 feet away); The Nathaniel Bonnell House 1682 (about 700 feet away); Old Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church Burial Grounds and Elizabethtown Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabeth.
Also see . . .  General Winfield Scott
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"Old Fuss and Feathers" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 5, 2008
2. "Old Fuss and Feathers"
The marker commerates Gen. Scott's service during the Mexican War, but his military career spans 55 years. Starting as an officer in the War of 1812, Scott ended his service as US General-in-Chief during the Civil War.
General Winfield Scott image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
3. General Winfield Scott
This c. 1855 portrait of Winfield Scott by Robert Walter Weir hangs in the National Portrait Gallery Washingto, DC.

“A veteran of the War of 1812 and a hero of the Mexican War, General Winfield Scott, the Union's senior commander at the start of the Civil War, had served under fourteen presidents, beginning with Thomas Jefferson. Yet Scott, seventy-five, once known as ‘Old Fuss and Feathers’ for his strict attention to military codes of dress and conduct, was now in declining health; gout and dropsy, coupled with the corpulence of his six foot, five inch frame, had reduced him to being an armchair gen­eral, no longer able to ride a horse.

Still, Scott's mind was alert and focused on mili­tary matters. Although his ‘Anaconda Plan’-which would blockade the enemy's seaports and divide the Confederacy in two by taking control of the Mississippi River-was seen to be largely impracti­cal at the start, it ultimately proved to be a winning strategy for the Union.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,651 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on May 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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