The Life and Military Character of Maj. Gen. Scott

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John B. Hall authored this edition of The Life and Military Character of Maj. Gen. Scott that was published by Samuel French of New York in 1847. The 35-page book recounted the history of Winfield Scott, illustrated with a number of engravings depicting Scott on the battlefield, in action in the War against the Native Americans, and at the Castle of San Juan. Scott was the longest serving Commanding General in United States military history, serving in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War. The book also outlined “his views upon the principal moral, social and political topics of the age.” Scott sought a presidential nomination in 1848, and ran on the Whig ticket in 1852.
The Copp Collection contains about 150 books of early American imprint and shows a wide range of reading matter typical of a New England Puritan family living in a port town. Literacy was expected of many New Englanders, as Puritan doctrine required everyone to read the Bible. The abundance of multiple Bibles, psalms, hymnodies, sermons, and morality tales reflects the Copp’s religious beliefs. Other highlights of the library include the works of Shakespeare, almanacs, historical and political texts, and travel narratives.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
overall: 9 7/8 in x 6 1/8 in; 25.0825 cm x 15.5575 cm
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Gift of John Brenton Copp
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National Museum of American History


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