Winfield Scott Criticizes Zachary Taylor’s
Illegal Order to Flog a Soldier
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“.... [H]earing of the illegal order & the illegal flogging, I looked into the case…” WINFIELD SCOTT.
Autograph Document Signed, November 18, 1843, with annotations initialed by him and dated December 1843. 2 pp.
“...one of the most remarkable cases of flogging which has occurred in the army for years....approved by Genl. Taylor... [H]earing of the illegal order & the illegal flogging, I looked into the case, & directed Genl. T. to remit the unexpired part of the sentence...” He concedes, however, that, “...after the unpunished outrage committed upon me, by the court in the case of Lieut. Don Carlos Buel, & the infinitely more important outrage upon law & discipline, I suppose it would be useless for me further to attempt to suppress flogging in the army...”
“W.S.” and “Genl. Scott” twice in text.
In the margin of the second page and on the docket on the verso, Scott adds in own hand notes on the flogging case.