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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1823

Vol. I

(Born R. I.)

George S. Greene​a

(Ap'd R. I.)


George Sears Greene: Born May 6, 1801, Apponaug (Warwick), RI.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 24, 1819, to July 1, 1823, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1823.

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, July 1, 1823.

Served: at the Military Academy, 1823‑25, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Sep. 21, 1823, to June 16, 1824; at Ft. Monroe, Va., as Assistant Instructor of Mathematics in the Artillery School for Practice, June 16 to Oct. 6, 1824; at the Military Academy, 1824‑27, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Oct. 6, 1824, to Aug. 29, 1826, — and as Principal Asst. Professor  p302 of Engineering, Aug. 29, 1826, to Apr. 20, 1827; on Ordnance duty, Apr. 20 to Nov., 1827; in garrison at Ft. Wolcott, R. I., 1827‑28,

(First Lieut., 3d Artillery, May 31, 1829)

— Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1828‑29, — and Ft. Independence, Mas., 1829‑30; on Recruiting service, 1830; in garrison at Ft. Sullivan, Me., 1831‑35; on Ordnance duty, June 4 to Sep. 9, 1835; and on leave of absence, 1835‑36.

Resigned, June 30, 1836.

Civil History. — Civil Engineer, employed on various works in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Maryland, 1836‑47. Chief Engineer, Portland and Kennebec Railroad, Me., 1847‑49, 1850‑52. Engineer of location of Albany and Susquehanna Railroad, N. Y., 1852. Chief Engineer, Providence and Bristol Railroad, R. I., 1852‑56. Engineer in charge of Croton Water Works Extension, and of the Croton Reservoir in Central Park, New York city, 1860‑62.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1862‑66; in guarding communications between Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D. C., Jan. 27 to May 18, 1862; in Operations in the

(Colonel, 60th N. Y. Volunteers, Jan. 18, 1862)

Shenandoah Valley, May 18 to June 25, 1862, being engaged in several

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Apr. 28, 1862)

Skirmishes, — and the Action of Winchester, May 24, 1862; in the Northern Virginia Campaign, July‑Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Aug. 9, 1862, — and Skirmish near White Sulphur Spring, Aug. 24, 1862; in the Maryland Campaign, Sep.‑Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and Defense of Harper's Ferry, Sep. 18 to Oct. 10, 1862; on sick leave of absence, Oct. 10‑30, 1862; in operations in Shenandoah Valley, and near the Potomac between Harper's Ferry and Acquia Creek, Nov. 1, 1862, to Apr. 26, 1863; in the Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2‑4, 1863; in the Pennsylvania Campaign (Army of the Potomac), June‑July, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2‑3, 1863, — and Pursuit of the enemy to Warrenton, Va., July, 1863; in guarding the Line of the Rappahannock, Aug.‑Sep., 1863; in the movement of the 12th Army Corps to join the Army of the Cumberland, being in command of Murfreesborough, Oct. 7‑23, 1863, — March to Lookout Valley, Oct., 1863, — and Combat of Wauhatchie, Oct. 28, 1863, where he was severely wounded; on sick leave and in hospital, Oct. 29 to Dec. 9, 1863; on Court-martial duty, Dec. 9, 1863, to Jan. 25, 1865; in Operations in North Carolina, being engaged in the Action of Kinston, Mar. 10, 1865, — and March to Goldsborough, Mar. 18‑25, 1865; and in movement of

(Bvt. Maj.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Major-General Sherman's Army from Goldsborough, N. C., to Washington, D. C., Apr. 9 to May 19, 1865; in garrison in the defenses of Washington, D. C., May 20 to June 23, 1865; and on Court-martial duty, June 24, 1865, to Apr. 24, 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Apr. 30, 1866.

Civil History. — Engineer in charge of the Croton Water Works Extension, and of the construction of the Reserve Reservoir in Putnam County, N. Y., May 1, 1866, to May 11, 1868. Chief Engineer and Commissioner of the Croton Aqueduct Board of the City of New York, May 11, 1868, to Apr. 30, 1870. Asst. Engineer, Department of Public Works of  p303 the City of New York, May 1, 1870, to Jan. 11, 1871. Engineer engaged in making surveys, plans, and estimates for Central Under­ground Railway, New York city, 1871‑72. Chief Engineer of Public Works of Washington, D. C., to devise the Sewerage System for that city, Aug. 24, 1871, to June 24, 1872. Consulting Engineer of the Department of Public Parks, New York city, for communications across Harlem River, and other constructions, October, 1872, to September, 1873. Engineer for approving plans for construction of Elevated Railway in New York city, 1873. Engineer for examining surveys and estimating cost of Ship Canal from Lake Champlain to the St. Lawrence River, 1873. Member of Engineer Commission for testing working and construction of Water Meters for the City of New York, 1873; and for examining projects for extending and improving the Water Works of Detroit, Mich. Topographical Engineer of the Department of Public Parks, for surveying and laying out streets, etc., in the 23d and 24th Wards, New York city, June 1, 1874, to Nov. 5, 1875; and for plans and constructions of communications across Harlem River, Nov. 5, 1875, to Oct. 3, 1877. Consulting Engineer on the construction of Water Works for Yonkers, N. Y., 1874‑75. Member of Engineer Commission to examine projects for the Sewerage of Providence, R. I., 1875‑76; and for enlarging the Water Works of Troy, N. Y., 1877. Member of the Board of Visitors to the U. S. Military Academy, 1881.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History.

First Lieut. of Artillery, Aug. 2, 1894.

By Act of Congress Aug. 1, 1894.

Retired from Active Service, Aug. 11, 1894.

Died at Morristown, N. J., Jan. 28, 1899: Aged 98.

See Annual Association of Graduates U. S. M. A., 1899, for an obituary notice with a portrait.

Buried, Greene Family Cemetery, Apponaug (Warwick), RI.

Thayer's Note:

a An excellent long biography of the man by Gregg Mierka is given in four webpages at the R. I. Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.

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