General Charles Scott

General Charles Scott

From "Lexington" by Mary Wilson and Sharon Y. Asher, published sometime after 1975.

Charles Scott was born in Cumberland County, Virginia in 1733. In 1755 he was a noncommissioned officer in Braddock's ill fated expedition and led the first company raised south of the James River for the Revolutionary War.

He was promoted to Colonel on August 12, 1776 and to Brigadier General on April 2, 1777. He rendered gallant service at Trenton and Germantown and was the last to leave the field at Monmouth, New Jersey. He took part in the storming of Stony Point, New York on July 15, 1779. His last service in the Revolution was at Charlestown, South Carolina, for in the fall of that city he was captured and held prisoner for two years.

In 1785 he settled in Woodford County, Kentucky and in 1788 he was chosen a member of a local hoard of war, having charge of protecting the district from attacks by Indians. (Other members included Colonel Isaac Shelby, Harry Innes, John Brown and Benjamin Logan.)

He led Kentucky forces in St. Clair's disastrous campaign of 1791 but soon after became the head of a more successful expedition against the same Indians on the Wabash River. In 1794 he shared the victory of his old commander, Anthony Wayne, at the Naumee Rapids.

In latter years he took prominent part in the affairs of Kentucky and served as the state's Governor from 1803 to 1812.

He has been described as a man of strong natural powers, faithful and constant in his friendships and implacable in his enmities.

Somewhat illiterate, he was unpolished in manners and very eccentric.

He died on October 22, 1813 and was buried at Frankfort, Kentucky. Both Scott County, Indiana and Scott County, Kentucky perpetuate his name. The D.A.R. chapter in Scott County, Indiana, was also named after him.

*From an article by Charles Dennisin in the Indianapolis News, February 16, 1918.