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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Greene, Francis Vinton 1850- (search)
Greene, Francis Vinton 1850- Military officer; born in Providence, R. I., June 27, 1850; son of Gen. George Sears Greene; graduated at the United States Military Academy in 1870, and commissioned a second lieutenant of the 4th Artillery. He served at Fort Foote, Md.; Fort Monroe, Va.; and at various posts in North Carolina till June 10, 1872, when he was transferred to the engineer corps, and served as assistant astronomer on the northern boundary of the United States till 1876. He was promoted to first lieutenant, Jan. 13, 1874. He was military attache to the United States legation at St. Petersburg in 1877-79, and during the Russo-Turkish War was with the Russian army, being present at the battles of Shipka Pass, Plevna, the passage of the Balkans, Taskosen, Sofia, and Philopopolis. For bravery in several of these battles he received the Orders of St. Anne and St. Vladimir, and a campaign medal from the Emperor of Russia. In 1879-85 he was assistant to the engineer commiss
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Greene, George Sears 1801-1899 (search)
Greene, George Sears 1801-1899 Military officer; born in Warwick, R. I., May 6, 1801; graduated at West Point in 1823. He resigned in 1836; became a civil engineer; and was employed in the construction of the High Bridge and Croton reservoir in New York City. In January, 1862, he was appointed colonel of the 60th New York Regiment, and commanded in Auger's division in Banks's corps. Having been appointed brigadier-general, he took command of Auger's division on the latter's promotion, and fought gallantly under Mansfield at Antietam. He was in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was wounded at Wauhatchie in 1863; and was in eastern North Carolina early in 1865; was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865; and was mustered out of the service, April 30, 1866. As the oldest graduate of West Point, Congress authorized his reappointment to the regular army as a first lieutenant of artillery, Aug. 2, 1894, and he was retired on the 11th. He died in