Scott, Winfield: Character
Although vain and pompous (he was called
Old Fuss and Feathers), Scott was also generous, fair-minded, considerate of his officers, and solicitous for the welfare of his soldiers. In nonmilitary matters—excluding his diplomatic ventures—his tendency to be quarrelsome and his faculty for
putting his foot in it made him far less successful. However, he is generally considered the greatest American general between Washington and Lee.
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