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Who was the officer not named Scott, whose career spanned the War of 1812, the Mexican American War, and the Civil War and did not go gently into the good night of retirement when ordered to retire?
A pointer: he was born before George Washington was President and died when U.S. Grant was President.

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Who was the officer not named Scott, whose career spanned the War of 1812, the Mexican American War, and the Civil War and did not go gently into the good night of retirement when ordered to retire?
A pointer: he was born before George Washington was President and died when U.S. Grant was President.

credit: @hughes
Major General John Ellis Wool (1784-1869). Wool was retired in August 1863 after serving 51 years in the U. S. Army. He felt he was still capable and argued for reinstatement to Lincoln, Johnson, and Grant to no avail.
Source: Harwood P. Hinton and Jerry Thompson, Courage Above All Things: General John Ellis Wool and the U.S. Military 1812-1863, (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).
 
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