(c.1739–1813) Revolutionary War army officer and state governor, born in Virginia. Scott ran away to join the militia while still in his teens. After service in the French and Indian War (1754–63) and the Cherokee War (1759–61), he returned home to his farm. After the outbreak of the Revolution, he was made commander of Virginia's troops, in 1776 becoming colonel of the Fifth Virginia Regiment in the Continental army. He fought in the major engagements in New Jersey, from Trenton (1776) to Monmouth (1778). He then returned to Virginia; he was captured at Charleston in 1780 but exchanged in 1782. After the war, he moved to Kentucky, where two of his sons were killed and scalped by Indians. Scott participated in several military operations against the Indians into the 1790s. In 1808 he was elected governor of Kentucky, largely for sentimental reasons as anti-British feeling began to grow. He sent the state militia to participate in Gen. William Henry Harrison's invasion of Canada in 1811.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.