|This soldier was awarded the Medal of Honor|
Julian A. Scott
Rank and Organization: Drummer, Co. E, 3rd Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Lees Mills, VA, 16 Apr 1862.
Entered service at: Johnson.
Born: 15 Feb 1846, Johnson.
Died: 4 Jul 1901.
Buried: Hillside Cemetery, Scotch Plains, NJ
Date of Issue: Feb 1865.
Citation: Crossed the creek under a terrific fire of musketry several times to assist in bringing off the wounded.
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: June 13, 1862
The following extracts are from a letter by Julian A. Scott, written to his father in Johnson, and dated near Kent Court House, Va., May 11:
A soldier of the 5th Regiment and I, went in advance of our army, so as to get some trophies the rebels left behind. We had got about a mile in advance when I spied a rebel scout. We resolved to take him, dead or alive; so we parted --- my comrade going one way, and I another, so as to come on both sides of him, in order to take him alive. If he shot one of us, the other would be sure to bring him down.. I had my revolver cocked, and ready to take him if he meant to get away.. We caught up with him at the same time he spied my comrade. I saw the rebel take aim, and drew my revolver on him, so that if his took effect he must come too. He fired- the shot passed by. I hallooed “halt”, pointing my revolver at him. He saw his fate, and threw down his gun. I walked up to him and took it, and my comrade and I took him to General Smith, feeling proud of our prize. The general spoke to me and said, "Scott, where did you get that fellow". I told him. He asked me if I had a gun. I told him I have not. He then said I might keep the one the rebel had. He asked the rebel a few questions about the secesh army. I then took him to the provost Marshal, and left him.
After the Battle of Williamsburgh he says:
I passed over the battlefield: It was covered with blood. There was one poor fellow that was dying near me. When I spoke to him, he said he was dying, and wished that his mother could know his fate. His father was killed at Bull Run: he enlisted to get money for his mother. He died in a few minutes. I closed his eyes, and tied my handkerchief around his head. To his order, he was buried the next day. There was one Lieutenant of Co. I, 5th North Carolina Regt., who was shot through the heart. The Col. Of the 49th Penn knew him, and said he would give five dollars to anyone who would bury him. Three of us took him under an old tree, and gave him a decent burial. I took his watch and drinking cup. In his wallet was his commission, looks of his wife, and his mother’s hair, a gold pen, and some rebel postage stamps. His name was Samuel P. Snow.
My health is good. I take delight in fighting the rebels.
Submitted by Deanna French.
LAMOILLE NEWSDEALER: November 9, 1870
Lamoille County has reason to be justly proud of its son, this very promising young artist. He is a native of Johnson, and a son of C.W. Scott, for many years a watchmaker and jeweler there. We give below some notice of him and his work from the papers of the state.
JULIAN SCOTT'S DRUMMER BOY. --- When the tocsin of war sounded a Vermont boy left his country home and joined the ranks. To relieve the weariness of camp life he resorted to sketching and painting, for which he has always possessed a liking, but he had been in circumstances not favorable to art. After the war, he turned his recreation into a profession, and after only so brief a career gives unmistakable proof of having been born an artist, which means much. His studio is something of an arsenal, for he has accoutrements enough about it to equip a small force. He is writing a history of the war on canvas --- a history of which himself is a part, as all soldiers are; pictures photographed on his brain with fire and sword, the valor of soldiery, the boom of cannon, the anguish of dying and the awful heart- sickening faces of the dead.
He has a cartoon of the "Battle of White Oaks Swamp" at the moment when General Smith and his staff came forward --- and by their presence and efforts rallied the forces and prevented defeat, which he will produce in oil next autumn.
His "DYING DRUMMER BOY" should have been placed on exhibition at the Academy --- that is, if merit implies "Oughtness." Only the artist's "perversity" prevented. It is such a sad, sad picture! Enough to bring tears from the hardest eyes, even eyes hardened by such scenes---scenes of lone, agonizing dying, with the face whitening at every moment; of the swift pictures of home fleeing forever; the last hunger for the dear ones far away gnawing at the faint heart, the dream of ambition over, and glory and pomp of battle fading out into the awful shadow of forgetfulness, and all this on the "Dying Drummer Boy's Face."
With one so young, so gifted, so genial as Scott, one cannot but leave the heart's benediction
So wrote an art-loving correspondent of the New York Times, a year ago. We hear that Mr. Scott, yielding to the expressed desire of many members of the Legislature to see some specimens of his skill, has sent for this painting, and it will be at Montpelier this week. It will not be on public exhibition; but will be hung for a few days, probably in some room at the Pavilion or at the Capital, where it can be readily seen by any who care to see it.
Julian Scott, whose name and fame are chronicled elsewhere, is at Montpelier soliciting from the legislature an order for a historical painting representing some scene in the experience of the "Old Brigade," of which he was a member. All he asks is pay for his time, trusting to the reputation the work will give him for any further satisfaction. He is willing to spend two years upon the picture upon these terms. The offer is certainly a very liberal one and we hope the Legislature will not hesitate to accept it. It is time our State House began to receive some such adornment as is suggested.
LET VERMONT ENCOURAGE VERMONTERS: --- We trust the State will adopt some wise policy about the matter and not leave the decoration of the Capital to chance or haphazard. A little help, at the right time, while they are alive and in need of work and assistance, would be of greater benefit to the State than to them. We want living art and not dead art. It should be the object of the State to be the patron of a living artist, and illustrate its history by their works.
Submitted by Deanna French.
New York, July 4 - Col. Julian Scott, the well known artist, is dead at his home in Plainfield, N.J. Col. Scott was born at Johnson, Vt., February 15, 1846. When the civil war broke out he enlisted in the Third Vermont Regiment as a musician. Later he was appointed on the staff of Gen. "Baldy" Smith. He was the first man to receive a medal of honor for official bravery on the battlefield. This was voted to him during Secretary Stanton's term of office. At the close of the war Col. Scott entered the Academy of Design in New York and finished his studies in Paris.
Washington Post, 5 Jul 1901
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.
DEATH HAS CLAIMED COL. SCOTT
The well known artist passed away at Muhlenberg Hospital yesterday morning.HAD A REMARKABLE CAREER:
HIS PAINTINGS ARE TO BE FOUND IN MANY PLACES:
WAS ONE OF PLAINFIELDS MOST PROMINENT CITIZENS: HAD BEEN ILL FOR SOMETIME_HIS FAMILY AT HIS BEDSIDE
About His Life
In the death of Julian Scott, which occurred yesterday morning about 5 o'clock at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield has lost of its most prominent citizens, and the country, in general, has lost one of her best artists. He had been ill for some time. A few weeks ago his condition was such that it was thought best to take him to the hospital. With the best of treatment he did not improve, but gradually grew weaker and finally, he just passed away as though in sleep.
Just before he died he seemed to be more conscious than at any time recently, and opening his eyes, he seemed for a moment as though possessed of greater strength. It was thus that he died. Mrs. Scott and her daughter recently arrived from Paris, and Col. Scott's brother, H. P. Scott of Kansas City were with the Colonel when the end came.
With the death of Col. Scott a person of more than usual importance is taken away. At an early age, he figured largely in matters of note. Born in Johnson, Lamoille County, Vermont, Feb. 15, 1846, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Scott, he had a history that brought him the highest recognition, from all points of the globe. His mother was an artist, and his father was a genius. This happy combination resulted in bringing renown to the son. In his boyhood days he attended the academy at Johnson, where Admiral Dewey was a student.
At the age of 15 he was filled with the spirit of patriotism. It being the time of the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted, as a musician, in Co. E. 3rd Vermont volunteers. He served two and a half years with honor. Before he completed his service he was appointed on the staff of Gen. Baldy Smith. For acts of special bravery in wading a stream and rescuing wounded Union soldiers, he was the first one to receive the Medal of Honor. This was voted to him by Congress during Secretary Stanton's term of office.
During the service, his talent as an artist developed rapidly and he made a number of war sketches which afterwards became famous. He had a natural talent for drawing and painting, and after the close of the war he entered the Academy of Design in New York, where he remained for some time. He afterward went to Paris and completed his studies. Upon returning to this country he opened a studio in New York, and remained there for a few years.
It was 26 years ago that he came to Plainfield and opened a studio on West Point Street. He made many friends by his genial and affable manner, while through his work he gained a wide reputation. In 1888 and 1889 he was in Arizona and New Mexico, having been a special commissioner by President Harrison to inquire into the condition of the Navajo and Moqui tribes of Indians. He became very friendly with the Indians, and they elected him to membership to one of their secret societies. He also succeeded in working himself through a Masonic Lodge of Indians. His report to the government was one of the most complete ever made, and was accompanied by some forty pictures, all of which were compiled with the eleventh census.
Col. Scott was a member of many organizations of prominence, including Jerusalem Lodge No.2 6 F&AM of this city, The Medal of Honor Legion, of Washington, Clover Club of Philadelphia, Sons of The American Revolution, and The National Academy of Art and Artists Fund Society, of New York.
His paintings are to be found in most every part of the country, and among them are some of rare value: "The Battle of Antietam" is in the 7th Reg. Armory, New York, it having been presented to the regiment by the late Elliot F. Shepard. "The Rear Guard at White Oak Swamps" is the name of a valuable painting in the State House, at Montpelier, Vermont, it having been purchased out of an appropriation made by the State. "The Death of General Sedgwick" which hangs in the Plainfield Art Gallery, is the admiration of all who have seen it. The State of Connecticut has of late been trying to secure the picture to be placed in its State House, but as of yet, all efforts have been unsuccessful.
Colonel Scott was one of a few who were instrumental in establishing Plainfield's Art Gallery, and he always took much interest in it. There are also paintings by Mr. Scott in the Union League Club and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The late Mrs. Hemmingway, of Boston, who founded an art gallery and museum of natural history, in that city purchased many paintings from Mr. Scott. Notable among these is "The Song of the Ancient People," depicted in eleven water color paintings.
Mr. Scott worked steadily up to the time of his illness, having plenty to do. He courted retirement on account of this fact. At times, he was a familiar figure about the city and he always had a kind word for those he knew. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and at times attended Grace Church in this city.
The deceased possessed many relics, pictures and trinkets of rare value. A great many Indian relics were in his studio. He also had one of two original death masks of Napoleon which experts say are original. He came into possession of it through some old junk owned by a local dealer, and purchased it for a small price. Throughout this city and this state there are many of his paintings in private collections, and have a rare value. He received his title from Drake's Zouaves of New Jersey, of which organization he was a member.
Col. Scott leaves a widow and one daughter, who have been in Paris for eighteen years, where Miss Scott is an artist, has been completing her art studies. He also leaves a brother, H. P. Scott, a lawyer in Kansas City, and two sisters, Mrs. Ladd-Davis of Brooklyn, and Mrs. Z. L. Carpenter of Kansas City.
The funeral services will be held from Grace P. E. Church Sunday afternoon at 4o'clock, and the members of Jerusalem Lodge, No. 26. F&AM will have charge. The members will meet at the Lodge Rooms at 3 o'clock. The members of Anchor Lodge No. 149(?) are respectfully invited to attend.
Submitted by Deanna French.
See also Scott's obituary in the New York Times
PLAINFIELD COURIER: NEWS, PAGE 5
July 5, 1901
BURIED WITH DUE HONORS
Funeral for Colonel Julian Scott at Grace Church
The funeral was in charge of Free Masons and concluded with a touching tribute from the G.A.R. With the impressive Masonic ceremony and the honors of war, in the presence of a large number of friends, the late Julian Scott, the well known artist, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon on the highest point and one of the prettiest parts of Hillside cemetery. Representatives from many organizations to which he belonged, military men, business men, and private citizens, gathered to pay their respects to their late associate, and to take a last leave of him.
Grace Episcopal Church, where the service was held, was filled with the large company of those who had known Colonel Scott socially, professionally, and in a business way during his many years residence in this city, who had some pleasant recollections of him, or had been attracted within the circle of his acquaintance, by some one or more of the many attributes of his genial, sympathetic, unassuming nature. The solemnity of the rich Episcopal ceremony pronounced by Rev. E.M. Rodman, a Masonic Brother, together with the choral service, was very impressive. The funeral was in charge of Jerusalem Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and the members of Anchor Lodge were invited to attend.
About fifty of the Masons under the direction of Marshal, Robert A. Meeker, assembling at the asylum at three o'clock, marched in a body, with the insignia of the order draped, to escort the remains to the church and to perform the last rites at the grave. Beside the hearse walked the pall bearers, Dr. D.C. Adams, William H. Sebring, J. Hervey Doane, Harry W. Marshall, Dr. M.S. Simpson, and Calvin Rugg.
The body reposed in a handsome casket over which was draped the American Flag, the emblem that had inspired the ardor and enthusiasm of the youth who left home to take his first steps in the great world, apart from the influence of home, when his country was at strife with herself in the Civil War. Kindly hands had added to this emblem tender reminders of warm friendships, in the wreath of clinging ivy and fragrant from the Veteran Zouave Association of Elizabeth and other thrones friends, and the pillow of carnations and roses from the Free Masons, and the white lambskin apron, one of the emblems of the order.
At the church the procession was met by the surpliced choir and Rev. E.M. Rodman, who read the form for burial of the dead. The selections by the choir under the direction of the organist, Arthur Freeman, were, processional, "Softly now the light of day." a funeral chant," Peace perfect peace," and "Ten thousand times ten thousand."
At the grave the Masonic prayer was pronounced by Rev. George Hauser, and the burial service by Councilman, B. Frank Coriell, concluding with a short discourse and benediction by Rev. Mr. Hauser. As the brethren formed a circle and lowered the casket, the brilliant rays of sun, breaking through a rift of clouds, lighted the grave and its lining of evergreen boughs, and silhouetted the surrounding company against the clear sky. The Masons casting sprigs of cassia, the emblem of immortality, into the grave, retired. Then a detail from Winfield Scott Post G.A.R., approached, under command of Col. Albert G. Perry, with a firing squad, composed of James Baglin, John R. Vail, Edward Vanderweg, Israel Compton, John Finley, Alex Sargent, Edward DeVine, and Preston Goodfellow. Three volleys were fired in salute to the dead, and as the echoes died away, far in the distance were heard a lone bugler sounding "Taps". It was a feeling and deeply impressive leave-taking of a soldier, and many in which he, whom they came to bury, had participated on the field of battle.
Submitted by Deanna French.
NARA File Number: SFi-135-EB-1863.