Lot 1030: Nathanael Greene

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December 15, 2012
Amherst, NH, US

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Description: Major General in the Continental Army (1742-1786). He entered the army as a private and rose to become one of Washington's most able and dependable general officers. He is best known for his exploits in the Southern Theater where he single-handedly reversed the tide of the war from 1780 to 1781. His actions set the stage for Cornwallis' defeat at Yorktown. War-dated ALS, signed "N Greene," one page, both sides, 7.25 x 9, February 23, 1783, "Headquarters," [Charleston, South Carolina], addressed in his hand on the transmittal panel to General George Weaden (1734-1793) and adding his franking signature, "N Greene." Greene writes, in full, "I will only write you a line of remembrance as May or Forsyth can give you all the news. I would not write this but to convince you that you hold the same esteem and regard with me that you ever did. Mrs Greene is very unwell and what is very uncommon with her is rather low spirited[.] She talks of going to the Northward this spring. I hardly think she will but her children begin to urge her return. She desires her kind compliments to you and Mrs Weaden and all others of her acquaintance please to add mine also." Intersecting folds, a few light stains, and minor paper loss along the hinge, otherwise fine condition.Weedon had commanded a brigade in Nathanael Greene's division at Valley Forge. At Yorktown, Weedon's brigade repelled the infamous Banastre Tarleton, closing the means of British escape at Gloucester Point. At the end of the war, the Rhode Island-born Greene settled in Georgia after that state, together with North and South Carolina awarded him large tracts of land as a reward for his services against the British. A fine example of Greene's hand, accomplished in the closing days of the Revolutionary War.
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