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Federal (USV)


Joseph Carpenter Greene

(1810 - 1891)

Home State: Rhode Island

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Rhode Island Infantry

Before Antietam

He had been a founding member (playing E Bugle) and director of the American Brass Band and Orchestra (founded about 1837) since 1838, in Providence. He went with the band accompanying the First Rhode Island Infantry to Washington DC in April 1861, serving for 3 months. He enlisted in September 1861 as Bandleader, 4th Rhode Island Infantry.

The rest of the War

He was mustered out on 3 October 1862 at Antietam.

After the War

By then having been its leader for 28 years, he reigned from the American Brass Band on 25 December 1865.

References & notes

Basic information from Dyer1. Details from a History of the American Brass Band and Orchestra 1837 to 1920, online from USGenWeb. Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.




12/23/1891; burial in North Burial Ground, Providence, RI


1   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 1, pp. 269 - 276  [AotW citation 14052]