Winfield Scott 1826 Autograph Letter Signed – “Effect On The Mind Of The President”


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Union general (1786–1866) who was a hero of the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, and became General-in-chief of the US Army in 1841, a position he still held at the start of the Civil War. A Virginian, he was the only non-West Pointer of Southern origin in the Regular Army to remain loyal to the Union.

Two-page, recto and verso, autograph letter signed “Winfield Scott”, May 29, 1826, 8×10, sent from Headquarters Eastern Department, Governor’s Island, to Col. R. Jones, Adj. General U.S. Army, in part:

I enclose…the Memorial of assistant Surgeon Beaumont…with a renewed request that a court of Inquiry may be ordered to investigate the grounds on which he has been recently censured by the highest military authority under the Constitution…

…I have ever doubted…the credibility of Dr. Beaumont, nor the soundness of his professional opinion…the Memorial now forwarded has wrought a complete change…I hope it produces a similar effect on the mind of the President…

Scott hopes that the doctor is afforded “a suitable opportunity of resuscitating Dr. Beaumont in his previous high standing as a man & a physician.”

Dampstain to lower right corner which is on both sides, two margin chips with little impact, overall browning.

Accompanied by a very nice carte-de-visite of Scott by A.E. Alden.

Dr. Beaumont had testified at the Court Martial of one Lieutenant Griswold.  On his testimony, Griswold was found guilty.  President John Quincy Adams reversed the verdict casting doubt on the doctor.  The Memorial mentioned was to request a Court of Inquiry to clear his name.  Adams was unimpressed yet oddly commissioned Beaumont a full surgeon on November 28, 1826.