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Nathanael Greene


Caldwell, Charles. Memoirs of the Life and Campaigns of the Hon. Nathaneil Green, Major General in the Army of the United States, and Commander of the Southern Department in the War of the Revolution. Philadelphia: Robert Desilver, 1819.

Carbone, Gerald M. Nathanael Greene: A Biography of the American Revolution. 1st ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Golway, Terry. Washington’s General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution. 1st ed. New York: H. Holt, 2005.

Greene, Francis Vinton. General Greene. Great Commanders. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1893.

Greene, George Washington. Life of Nathanael Greene: Major-General in the Army of the Revolution. Cranbury, N.J.: The Scholar’s Bookshelf, 2007.

Simms, William Gilmore. The Life of Gen. Greene – Major General in the Army of the Revolution. New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856.

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Thane, Elswyth. The Fighting Quaker:  Nathanael Greene. New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1972.

Memoirs and Papers

Showman, Richard K, Margaret Cobb, and Robert E. McCarthy, eds. The Papers of Nathanael Greene. Vol. I. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1976.

Last Will and Testament

Eulogy by Alexander Hamilton delivered on July 4, 1789 at a meeting of the New York Society of Cincinnati in which Martha Washington (George was indisposed), John and Abigail Adams and various members of Congress were in attendance. Hamilton heaps high praise on Greene including the following description of his character.

“The vigor of his genius corrsponding with the importance of the prize to be contended for, overcame natural moderation of his temper, and though not hurried-on by enthusiasm, but animated by an enlightened sense of the value of free government, he chearfully resolved to stake his fortune his hope his life and his honor upon an enterprise of the danger of which he knew the magnitude in a cause which was worthy of the toils and the blood of heroes.”

The eulogy celebrates Greene’s accomplishments through his Continental Army service in both the northern and southern theaters.




Nathanael Greene Statue – Stanton Park, Washington, DC
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