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Civil War Soldiers - Greene

Greene, George S., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Apponaug, Warwick, R. I., May 6, 1801. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1823, second in his class, served in various garrisons and as instructor at West Point until 1836, when he resigned and became a civil engineer, building many railroads in the states of Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland and Virginia. He served in the Crotan aqueduct department in the city of New York, and designed and built the reservoir in Central park and the enlargement of High bridge. He entered the army in Jan., 1862, as colonel of the 60th N. Y. regiment, was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, April 28, 1862, commanded his brigade at Cedar mountain, and commanded the 2nd division of the 12th corps at the battle of Antietam. He also led a brigade at the battle of Chancellorsville, and at Gettysburg, on the night of July 2, 1863, he held with his brigade the right wing of the Army of the Potomac at Gulp's hill against the onslaught of more than a division of Confederate troops, thus saving the position of the wing. He was transferred to the western armies in Sept., 1863, and in a night engagement at Wauhatchie, near Chattanooga, Oct. 28, 1863, was dangerously wounded in the jaw. Returning to active service in Jan., 1865, he rejoined the army at New Berne, N. C, took part in the battle of Kinston, where he had a horse shot under him, commanded a brigade at Goldsboro, and in Slocum's corps in the march to Washington, D. C., where the army was disbanded. He was brevetted major-general in the volunteer army for his services, March 13, 1865. He died at Morristown, N. J., Jan. 28, 1899.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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