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G. S. Greene
G. S. Greene

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

George Sears Greene

(1801 - 1899)
Home State: Rhode Island
Command Billet: Commanding Division
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 2nd Division, XII Corps

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
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.

In the Antietam 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, Sources, and other 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.

Birth Date: 5/6/1801    Place of Birth: Warwick, RI    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1823    Class Rank: 2nd
Death Date: 1/28/1899    Burial Place: Family cemetery, Warwick, RI

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