1786 – The American general Winfield Scott was born near Petersburg, Virginia, on the 13th of June. United States Army general during the Mexican campaign.
1805 – He entered the College of William and Mary, where he studied law, and he continued his studies in the law office of David Robertson in Petersburg.
1807 – Removed to Charleston, South Carolina, but as war with England seemed imminent he soon left for Washington DC and offered his services.
1808 – He was commissioned as a captain of artillery, recruited a company in Richmond and Petersburg, and was ordered to New Orleans.
1812 – As a lieutenant-colonel of artillery, he was sent to the Niagara frontier and fought at Queenston, where he was taken prisoner.
1813-1814 – He was exchanged in January, became colonel in the following March, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier-general, and in July received the brevet of major-general.
1815-1861 – For his services he was presented with a gold medal by Congress and with a sword by the state of Virginia. Among the difficult tasks that he was called upon to perform, for the last twenty years of which period he was the commanding general of the U.S. Army.
1864 – He then visited Europe for a short time, and after returning wrote his Memoirs, published the book.
1866 – Died on May 29th in West Point, New York.