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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Scott, Robert Nicholson 1838-1887 Military officer; born in Winchester, Tenn., Jan. 21, 1838; graduated at the United States Military Academy, and commissioned second lieutenant in the 4th United States Infantry in 1857; served on the Pacific coast till 1861; had charge of the United States steamer Massachusetts during the San Juan troubles in 1859; served through the Civil War; brevetted lieutenant-colonel of volunteers in 1865; commissioned major, United States army, in 1878; promoted lieutenant-colonel in 1885. In 1878 he was appointed military secretary to the joint commission of Congress on the reorganization of the army, and in the same year became chief of the Publication Office of War Records of the Rebellion. He was author of Digest of the military laws of the United States. He died in Washington, D. C., March 5, 1887.