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“Free - Winfield Scott - Lieut. Genl” Early Civil War Era Handwritten Free Frank Front Panel of a Posted Envelope

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WINFIELD SCOTT (1786-1866). Brigadier General in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Mexican-American War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War; Congress would later present him a special Gold Medal; Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army (1841 through 1861); unsuccessful Presidential Candidate of the Whig Party in 1852.

October 1861-Dated Civil War, Handwritten Free Frank on Front Panel of the Posted Envelope Signed, “Free - Winfield Scott - Lieut. Genl”, measuring about 5” x 2.75”, Very Fine. This entire address panel and “Free” appears to be completely written in General Scott’s own hand, boldly written in deep brown ink with a black circular Postal Stamp at upper right. Prior owner’s violet stamp on the blank reverse. It is addressed “To / Messrs Harper & Brothers, Publishers at New-York”. The content is not present, yet presumed to be a communication related to Harper's publication of Scott's massive three-volume reference set on Infantry Tactics, which Harper’s published and released in 1861.

*Historical Note: The complete three volume hardcover set of U.S. Army General Winfield Scott’s Infantry Tactics was published in 1861 by Harper & Brothers of New York. The work features mutiple fold-out pages with illustrations and is bound in marbled hardcovers with gilt spine lettering. A rare military reference and Autographed “Free” Frank Postal combination.
Winfield Scott (June 13, 1786 - May 29, 1866) was a United States Army General, and unsuccessful Presidential Candidate of the Whig Party in 1852. Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" and the "Grand Old Man of the Army," he served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history, and many historians rate him the best American commander of his time.

Over the course of his 53-year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Mexican-American War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War, conceiving the Union strategy known as the Anaconda Plan that would be used to defeat the Confederacy. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army for twenty years, longer than any other holder of the office.

A national hero after the Mexican-American War, he served as military governor of Mexico City. Such was his stature that, in 1852, the United States Whig Party passed over its own incumbent President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, to nominate Scott in that year's United States presidential election. At a height of 6'5", he remains the tallest man ever nominated by a major party. Scott lost to Democrat Franklin Pierce in the general election, but remained a popular national figure, receiving a brevet promotion in 1856 to the rank of Lieutenant General, becoming the first American since George Washington to hold that rank!

The complete three volume hardcover set of US Army General Winfield Scott’s Infantry Tactics, was published in 1861 by Harper & Brothers of New York. The work features mutilple fold-out pages with illustrations, and is bound in marbled hardcovers with gilt spine lettering. Each volume is signed by the previous owner, a John N. Brown of Seabrook, New Hampshire, who fought in the American Civil War for the Union (rank unknown). Additionally a signed copy of General Order 52 issued by the Headquarters of the Central District of Kentucky at Lexington, dated May 25, 1863, is laid in to Vol I.

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