Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Scott, Winfield (1786-1866) General orders: No. 297

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also request a pdf of the image from us here.

Log in
or
subscribe to see this thumbnail image

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00911.21 Author/Creator: Scott, Winfield (1786-1866) Place Written: Mexico Type: Document Date: 24 September 1847 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20 x 13 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed by H. L. Scott. Docket reads "General Order, No. 297, Sept. 24th 1847, Deference to be paid to Religious ceremonies. Distribution of knives to thieves and murderers. Measures taken to secure the Leaders." Prohibits the interruption of processions and asks Protestants to respect Catholic ceremonies. Announces that released convicts have been outfitted with weapons to assassinate drunk soldiers. Originally numbered as 296, struck and replaced with 297 by Scott.

People: Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866
Scott, H. L. (Henry Lee)., 1814-1886

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: ReligionMexican WarLatin and South AmericaMilitary HistoryWeaponryCriminals and OutlawsCatholicismAlcoholGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources