Jesup came fresh from Alabama, where he had successfully put down a Creek
uprising (in the process cleaning up another debacle created by General
Scott). Though little known to posterity, he was one of the most distinguished officers of his era. Named Quartermaster of the Army in 1818,
Jesup held the post until his death in 1860, the longest
tenure of any staff officer in U.S. Army history.
Moody and prone to outbursts of temper, he was a quiet man of action who tried to avoid the political intrigues of the capital. Jesup considered himself a man of deep honor. To the outside world this would soon seem ironic, given his actions in Florida.
Kieffer xi-xii, 119-213, Remini 3: 304, 30. ©
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