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G. S. Greene

G. S. Greene

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

George Sears Greene

(1801 - 1899)

Home State: Rhode Island

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1823;Class Rank: 2nd

Command Billet: Commanding Division

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Division, XII Corps


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

Service Summary: After graduating from West Point he was breveted 2nd Lt in the 1st US Artillery 1 July 1823, and 2nd Lt, 3rd Artillery, 1 July 1823;
He was promoted to 1st Lt 31 May 1829;
He resigned from the Army 30 June 1836 (civilian career as a civil engineer);

He was appointed Colonel of the 60th NY Infantry 18 Jan 1862;
Promoted to Brig Gen of Volunteers 28 April 1862;
He was honorably mustered out of Volunteer service 30 April 1866. He was officially retired 11 August 1894.

On the Campaign

His was the Federal Division which had the most success among the several assaults of September 17. He and his Division, part of the overall XII Corps attack, pushed the Confederate Center all the way back to the Dunker Church, and held the ground for much of the morning.

References & notes

Source: Heitman, Francis Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, Washington, US Government Printing Office, 1903; and

Gregg Mierka's (SUVCW) massive biograhical pages.

Note: The General's second son, Samuel Dana Greene, graduated from U. S. Naval Academy (1859) at Annapolis, Maryland, and was commissioned executive officer aboard the USS Monitor under Captain Warden. During the famous battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack (CSS Virginia) at Hampton Roads Virginia Sam took command of the ship when a lucky shot from the forward pivot gun of the CSS Virginia hit the pilot house of the Monitor blinding Captain Warden.


5/6/1801; Warwick, RI


1/28/1899; burial in Family cemetery, Warwick, RI