Nathanael Greene letters
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Nathanael Greene letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786.
Title: Nathanael Greene letters
Dates: 1781-1782
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0329

Biographical/Historical Note

Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) was born in Rhode Island. He worked in his father's iron foundry until 1770. He served as Deputy to the General Assembly from 1770 to 1772, and again in 1775. On July 20, 1774, Greene married Catharine Littlefield. He helped to organize the Kentish Guards at the start of the Revolutionary War. Greene served as Brigadier General in the Continental Army, beginning June 22, 1775; his military career flourished. For his services during the Revolutionary War, the State of Georgia gave Greene Mulberry Grove plantation near Savannah, where he died in June 1786.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two letters, one from Nathanael Greene to Governor Rutledge, 1781, and the other from Thomas Koscuisyko to Greene, 1782. The first letter is regarding measure to force the British to evacuate Charleston and mentions the possibility of using African American troops. The second letter is regarding the British evacuation of Charleston.

Index Terms

Charleston (S.C.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786.
Letters (correspondence)
Rutledge, John, 1739-1800.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--African American troops.
United States. Continental Army--African American troops.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Nathanael Greene letters, MS 329, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Fred P. Farrar, 1968 (letters only).


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Nathanael Greene to Governor John Rutledge. Headquarters at the Round O South Carolina, 1781 December 9 ( 7.0 p. )
Suggesting measures to force the British to evacuate Charleston; mentions possibility of using African American troops.
Item 2: Tadeusz Kosciuszko to Nathanael Greene, 1782 December 9 ( 1.0 p. )
Facsimile of an ALS. Regarding the British evacuation of Charleston.