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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 commissioner of the District of Columbia. In 1883 he was promoted to captain. In 1885 he became Professor of Practical Military Engineering at West Point; and Dec. 31, 1886, resigned from the army. When the war with Spain broke out in 1898 he was commissioned colonel of the 71st New York Regiment, but before this regiment embarked for Cuba he was sent to Manila with the rank of brigadier-general of volunteers, and had command of the United States forces in the battle of Malate, June 30, 1898, and in other actions around Manila in August. On Aug. 13, 1898, he was promoted to major-general. Returning from the Philippines in October he was placed in command of the 2d Division of the 7th Army Corps, and was on duty at Jacksonville (Fla.), Savannah (Ga.), and Havana. He resigned his commission Feb. 28, 1899. He is the author of The Russian army and its campaigns in Turkey; Army life in Russia; The Mississippi campaign of the Civil War; Life of Nathanael Greene, Major-General in the army of the Revolution; and many magazine articles.

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