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General Scott's Congressional Gold Medal

General Scott's Congressional Gold Medal

Date: 1848
Catalog #: 41634    Accession #: 152161
Credit: Numismatics, Division of Information Technology & Science, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 3.504" H x x 0.275" D

Physical Description

Gold medal pressed with bust facing left under banner marked “Major General Winfield Scott." Fifteen raised stars on either side, and “Resolution of Congress/ March 9./ 1848”

Specific History

Congressional Gold medal presented to Winfield Scott for his service as the Army Commander in Chief during the Mexican War of 1847.

General History

Winfield Scott exerted great influence on the United States Army during its first 100 years of existence. Nicknamed "Old Fuss and Feathers" for his attention to detail and a penchant for gaudy uniforms, Winfield Scott fought in the War of 1812, the Blackhawk War, the Seminole Wars, the Mexican-American War, and the Civil War. He also oversaw the removal of the Cherokee from the state of Georgia.


Country: United States
War: Mexican War
Service: Army
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