This is a 21 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on the American Civil War - Key Leaders - Union - Winfield Scott. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
General Winfield Scott was one of the most respected and influential Americans of the early 19th century. His military career stretched from combat in the War of 1812 to triumphant leadership in the Mexican War. At the end of his career, he was commanding the entire U.S. Army at the very beginning of the Civil War. Though his age and infirmity led to his retirement in late 1861, he was known to advise younger generals as well as President Abraham Lincoln.
By the time Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860, and the slave states began to threaten to secede from the Union, Scott was elderly and suffering from a variety of ailments. His weight had ballooned, and he was not really capable of leading the Army. Scott was tasked with assembling an army to defeat the new Confederacy. He initially offered command of this force to Robert E. Lee, but his former comrade declined on April 18th when it became clear that VA was going to leave the Union.
Old, overweight, and suffering from rheumatism, Scott was pressured to resign. Departing the US Army on November 1st, command was transferred to Major General George McClellan. He was given a special brevet to lieutenant general by Congress, becoming the first since George Washington to hold the rank.
For the last 5 years of his life he traveled to Europe and worked on his memoirs. Retiring Scott died at West Point on May 29, 1866. A veteran of 53 years, Scott was one of the greatest commanders in American history. When he died in 1866, at the age of 79, the New York Times, on its front page, said: "An absolute biography of such a man would require a narrative of our nation's history."
The presentation covers the following:
Early Life & Education
Early Military Career
Return to Duty
War of 1812
Promotion & Leave
The Mexican War
Mexican War Victories
Return to WDC
Preparing for Civil War
Retirement & Death
End of Presentation
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