Brig. Gen. George Sears Greene

Male 1801 - 1899  (97 years)


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  • Name Brig. Gen. George Sears Greene 
    Title Brig. Gen. 
    Born 06 May 1801  Kent, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1899  Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 28 Jan 1899  Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • George Sears Greene was a Civil War Union Brigadier General. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, Class of 1823. He served as an Engineer instructor at West Point for 19 year, leaving the service in 1836. He helped build the Croton Reservoir in Central Park, New York. In 1862, he reentered the service as Colonel and commander of the 60th New York Volunteer Infantry. Promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers on April 28, 1862 as one of the oldest field officers in the army. At the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, his brigade occupied Culp's Hill when the attack started on the evening of July 2. His line was terribly thin and thinner when he stretched it out as far as it would go. He held off the attacks until reinforcements arrived, thus saving that vital hill from capture. In so doing he helped win the Battle of Gettysburg and turn the tide of the war. In October of 1863 he was severely wounded in the face at Wauhatchie and did not return to active duty until 1865. After the war he was mustered out and returned to engineering, serving as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers from 1875 to 1877, and was President for a time with the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. He died in Morristown, New Jersey in 1899 and was buried in the family plot on a small hill south of Warwick, Rhode Island. His grave stone is boulder from Culp's Hill, the scene of his greatest military achievement. Atop Culp's Hill in the Gettysburg National Military Park is a bronze statue depicting General Greene instructing his troops. His son, Union Naval Captain Samuel Dana Greene, was the Executive Officer of the “USS Monitor”, and commanded the vessel on the second day of its March 1862 battle with the “CSS Virginia” at Hampton Roads, Virginia. (bio by: Ethan F. Bishop)
    Person ID I4092  mytree
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2016 

    Family Elizabeth Vinton,   b. 16 Feb 1805, Eastport, Washington, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1832, Eastport, Washington, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Married 14 Jul 1828  Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married La Plaisance, Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Vinton Greene,   b. 03 Jul 1829,   d. 06 Jun 1832, Eastport, Washington, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     2. George Sears Greene, Jr.,   b. 17 Dec 1830, Eastport, Washington, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Oct 1832, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     3. Francis Vinton Greene,   b. 10 Aug 1832, Eastport, Washington, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1833, Eastport, Washington, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F1839  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 06 May 1801 - Kent, Rhode Island, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jul 1828 - Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1899 - Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jan 1899 - Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - La Plaisance, Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
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