1819.096: Correspondence between Andrew Jackson and Winfield Scott.

Published: 1819

Full Title: Correspondence between Major General Jackson, and Brevet Major General Scott, on the subject of an order, bearing date the 22d April, 1817, published by the former, to the troops of his division, and printed about the same time, in most of the public papers.

Author: Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845), and Winfield Scott (1786-1866).

Place Issued: Virginia

Issuing Press: Uncertain

Description: 16 p. 22 cm. (8vo).


Item presents an exchange of letters between Jackson and Scott concerning orders issued by Jackson to his command that appeared in the public prints a beings an order issued to the entire army; Scott, then stationed in New York, made private comments that Jackson had exceeded his authority, comments that were published in The Columbian there in a form that cast him as Jackson's elitist adversary; Jackson forwarded the article to Scott expecting him to disavow his comments, but Scott replied that only the Congress, in its supervisory role over the army, could issue such expansive orders; Jackson replied with a threat to go to New York to challenge Scott to a duel over the issue; Scott's response was to publish the entire exchange (in violation of a general order to all officers) to counter growing charges made by Jackson's supporters throughout the country of Scott's overt cowardice and self-promotion. Title page carries imprint date only; the unnamed editor signed the preface [p. 4] "Richmond (Va.), March 18th, 1819," so leading most authorities to assign this title to a Richmond press; that attribution is enhanced by Scott's admission in the text to employing the pages of the Richmond Enquirer in 1816 to print two letters concerning military affairs; thus it is likely, but not certain that this item issued in Richmond; However, the possibility of a Petersburg origin cannot be excluded, given Scott's earlier associations with the proprietors of the Petersburg Republican in his hometown before the War of 1812; so the indeterminacy reported here.

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