Nathanael Greene papers  1762-1852 (bulk 1780-1785)
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Additional Descriptive Data

In addition to this finding aid, the Clements Library holds a List of Contributors.

Biographical Timeline

1742 July 27 Greene Born
1774 July 20 Marries Catherine Littlefield
1775 May 8 Commissioned brigadier general of the Rhode Island Army of Observation
1775 June 22 Commissioned brigadier general in the continental army
1776 February 9 Son George Washington Greene born
1776 March 20 Takes command of Boston
1776 April 29 Takes command on Long Island
1776 August 9 Commissioned major general in the Continental Army
1776 September 16 Sees first combat at the Battle of Harlem Heights
1776 November 20 Evacuates Fort Lee
1776 December 26 Battle of Trenton
1777 January 3 Battle of Princeton
1777 September 11 Battle of Brandywine Creek
1777 October 4 Battle of Germantown
1778 March 2 Commissioned quartermaster general
1778 June 28 Battle of Monmouth Courthouse
1778 August 29 Battle of Rhode Island
1780 July 26 Resigns from quartermaster general
1780 October 2 John Andre is hanged by a military court led by Greene
1780 October 6 Appointed commander at West Point
1780 October 14 Commissioned to command the Continental Army in the South
1781 March 15 Battle of Guilford Courthouse
1781 April 25 Battle of Hobkirk's Hill
1781 May 22 Opens siege at Fort Ninety-Six
1781 September 8 Battle of Eutaw Springs
1782 December Enters Charleston, South Carolina after the British evacuation
1783 November 27 Returns to his family in Rhode Island
1785 Settles with his family on an estate in Savannah, Georgia
1786 June 19 Greene Dies
Related Materials

The following Clements Library collections contain letters to or from Nathanael Greene:

Other related collections include the Members of Congress collection, which contains 2 letters to Catherine Greene from Edward Rutledge (April 14, 1789, and March 23, 1791), and the Anthony Wayne family papers, which contain a letter discussing Greene's estate in Georgia (April 24, 1787).

The Clements Library Graphics Division has 16 portrait engravings of Nathanael Greene:



Greene, Nathanael, and Richard K Showman. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. Chapel Hill: Published for the Rhode Island Historical Society [by] University of North Carolina Press, 1976-2005.