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C.T. Greene

C.T. Greene

Federal (USV)


Charles Thurston Greene

(1842 - 1923)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: 2nd Division, 12th Corps

Before Antietam

He served as a Private in Company G, 22nd New York State Militia from May to August 1862 and was then mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company I, 60th New York Infantry, his father's old regiment, on 4 August. He was commissioned to date from 21 July 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with the Division as aide-de-camp to his father, General George S. Greene on the Maryland Campaign. At Antietam ...

Lieutenant Greene, though young and fresh in the service, displayed great coolness under the most trying circumstances, and rendered most efficient service.

The rest of the War

He was in action with the Division at Gettysburg and was promoted to First Lieutenant 10 August 1863. Still on the Division staff, he was appointed Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, US Volunteers on 4 September 1863. His horse was killed and his right lower leg was severed by an artillery round in action at Ringgold, GA on 27 November 1863 while he was with the Third Brigade of the Division. His leg was amputated at the knee. He was brevetted Major for War Service and mustered out on 19 September 1865.

After the War

He was commissioned Captain, Company H, 42nd US Infantry on 28 July 1866 and retired 15 December 1870. He was again honored by brevet, to Major, USA on 2 March 1867, for gallantry at Ringgold, GA on 27 November 1863. He lived in or around New York City for the rest of his life. In 1901 he was appointed Military Science professor at St. Johns College (later Fordham University), Fordham, NY.

References & notes

Basic service dates from Heitman1 and the Adjutant General.2 The Antietam quote from General Greene's Report. Details from family genealogies including his father's Greenes of Rhode Island (1903). His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from an albumen print showing his stump and artificial leg. The photograph was taken in about 1864 by William Bell for the US Army Surgeon General and published in Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens (prepared by George A. Otis, 1865-1881). The original is in the collection of the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard.


03/05/1842; near Cumberland, MD


08/19/1923; New York City, NY; burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Brookfield, CT


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 474  [AotW citation 18565]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 26, pg. 724  [AotW citation 18566]