Second Series.


Scott, Winfield. Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott, a hero of every major conflict since the Second Punic War, is most remembered today as the architect of the Union’s “Anaconda Plan” for suppressing the Southern rebellion in 1861, in which large tropical snakes would have been let loose in northern Virginia and encouraged to slither toward Richmond. Although the plan was widely derided at the time, historians generally agree that it would have been more effective than anything McClellan came up with.


  1. Jason says:

    Your image link is blocked by my organization a being on a Web site that peddles in pornography. Fortunately, I have administrator override rights, but I wonder if there is more to Dr. Boli’s publishing empire than meets the eye.

    • Dr. Boli says:

      Very interesting—a demonstration of the perils of free hosting. The image was hosted on a free image server, which accepts any image from anyone and asks the uploader to mark it as “family safe” or “adult content.” In exchange for the hosting, the site bombards the uploader with popup ads for music videos by struggling musicians and computer games no one wants to play. Dr. Boli hosts many of his collection of public-domain illustrations there, because it takes the bandwidth burden away from his own server.

      However, one hates to think that anyone would be deprived of such a splendidly sour face as Winfield Scott’s. The image is now hosted on this server.

      Was the image of Sir Walter Raleigh in the previous article blocked as well? That one is hosted on a different free server.

  2. Dr. Boli says:

    By the way, since we are speaking of the image, does anyone know what happened to the left side of Winfield Scott’s face? It appears to have been affected by something more than just his disposition.

    • markm says:

      Apparently it was just age and a long lifetime of frowning. One of the pictures in Scott’s Wikipedia article shows the other side of his face, and there isn’t much difference. Scott was severely wounded at the battle of Lundy’s Lane in 1814, but that was a shot in the shoulder, and it was the only wound I found a mention of. His appearance was normal in portraits up through his run at the Presidency in 1852.

    • RepubAnon says:

      Perhaps a Confederate anaconda attacked him?

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