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O. D. Greene

O. D. Greene

Federal (USA)


Oliver Davis Greene

(1833 - 1904)

Home State: New York

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1854;Class Rank: 26

Command Billet: Staff Officer

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Sixth (VI) Army Corps

Before Antietam

After West Point he was in 2nd US Artillery service; he was at Fort Leavenworth (KS) in 1859 and married there. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in April 1861. He was commander of Battery G, 2nd Artillery at 1st Bull Run. He was promoted to Captain/AAG in August 1861, and Major/AAG in July 1862. He had title as Lt Colonel/AAG from April 1862, but was not formally promoted to that rank during the War.

On the Campaign

He was MGen William B Franklin's Assistant Adjutant General and Chief of Staff - Sixth Army Corps - at Antietam. He is mentioned, as are most of Gen Franklin's staff, in the General's report on the battle - but not specifically for his actions there. He was later given the Medal of Honor for service at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was cited by brevet during the war for bravery at Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, and Antietam. He was made Brigadier General by brevet at war's end for faithful service.

After the War

He continued in Army service, promoted to Lt Colonel in 1887, and Colonel in 1892. He retired in 1897.

References & notes

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

Note: Heitman and other sources have his middle name as "Duff". That was probably his son's middle name. Thanks to g-g-grandaughter Susan Ohman Baldwin for helping us get this right.


1/25/1833; Scott, NY


03/19/1904; burial in National Cemetery (Presidio), San Fransisco, CA