Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786)

2 boxes

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Collection Creator: De Coppet, Andre, 1892-1953..

Dates: 1775-1785.

Extent: 2 boxes

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Researchers may be required to use surrogates of collection items stored in special vault facilities.

Description

Nathanael Greene served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. This series, dating from 1775-1785, consists of personal and professional correspondence from the last decade of his life and includes letters both to and from Greene. Many of the letters are directly related to his service in the Revolutionary War, including the difficulties he experienced while serving as Quartermaster General from March to August 1778. After resigning that post, Greene proved himself a leader on the battlefield as evidenced by his many communications with Commander in Chief George Washington. His letters to Washington and other army officers communicate troop locations and various successes and failures of the war. In addition, they highlight the difficult conditions experienced by many Continental soldiers who lacked appropriate shoes, clothing, and food. Personal correspondence between Nathanael and his wife, brothers, and cousin reveal the family's investment in multiple privateering ventures, as well as a family ironworks, which was occasionally commissioned to make weapons for the war.

The series is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent. Many of the letters have been published in a multi-volume series devoted to Greene: The Papers of General Nathanael Greene (Chapel Hill : Published for the Rhode Island Historical Society [by] University of North Carolina Press, 1976-2005). Letters in this collection that are published in this series contain a bracketed notation in the item description citing the volume and page numbers. In some instances, the letters may not be published in full but merely summarized; in such cases the volume and page number are still provided as the editors often provide helpful footnotes and context for researchers.

Preferred Citation

Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786); 1775-1785; Andre De Coppet Collection, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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    Abeel, James 1779 June 14-1780 June 26 Explore Multiple Containers
    Armstrong, John 1781 June 21 Box 14, Folder 2
    Arnold, Jacob 1779 December 16 Box 14, Folder 3
    Banks, John 1782 October-1784 July Explore Multiple Containers
    Biddle, Clement 1779 August 10 Box 14, Folder 5
    Brodhead, Daniel 1779 September 29 Box 14, Folder 6
    Burnet, Ichabod 1782 February 5-1783 February 6 Explore Multiple Containers
    Butler, John 1781 May 4 Box 14, Folder 8
    Caldwell, James 1777 February 11 Box 14, Folder 9
    Caswell, Richard 1780 October 16 Box 14, Folder 10
    Clarke, E 1781 June 19 Box 14, Folder 11
    Collins, John 1779 August 31 Box 14, Folder 12
    Colt, Peter 1780 October 14 Box 14, Folder 13
    Cooke, Nicholas 1775 September 30 Box 14, Folder 14
    Cox, John 1779 July 16-17 Explore Multiple Containers
    Deane, Barnabas 1781 September 3 Box 14, Folder 16
    Eggleston, Joseph 1782 December 19 Box 14, Folder 17
    Eyre, Benjamin 1785 May 14 Box 14, Folder 18
    Flagg, Henry Collins 1782 July-November 19 Explore Multiple Containers
    Furman, Moore 1779 July 24 Box 14, Folder 20
    Gill, Erasmus undated Box 14, Folder 21
    Gist, Mordecai 1782 October 16 Box 14, Folder 22
    Gooch, John 1777 August 20-1780 March 4 Explore Multiple Containers
    Gordon, William 1782 March 4 Box 14, Folder 24
    Greene, Catharine Littlefield 1775 September 10-1781 June 23 Explore Multiple Containers
    Greene, Elihue 1778 April 12 Box 14, Folder 27
    Greene, Griffin 1778 April 12-1781 September 20 Explore Multiple Containers
    Greene, Jacob 1777 May 7-1780 October 1 Explore Multiple Containers
    Habersham, John 1782 September 19-1783 April 22 Explore Multiple Containers
    Horry, Peter 1782 March Box 14, Folder 31
    Howell, David 1782 November 5 Box 14, Folder 32
    Hubbard, Nehemiah 1779 July 21-1780 October 16 Explore Multiple Containers
    Hughes, Hugh 1780 October 20-30 Explore Multiple Containers
    Huntington, Samuel 1781 March 16-April 27 Explore Multiple Containers
    Hutchins, Thomas 1782 December 21 Box 14, Folder 36
    Jay, John 1779 July 14 Box 14, Folder 37
    Johnston, Robert undated Box 14, Folder 38
    Lawson, Robert 1781 April 20 Box 14, Folder 39
    Lee, Henry 1781 August 20-1782 October 7 Explore Multiple Containers
    Lee, Richard Henry 1782 April 25-1785 August 22 Explore Multiple Containers
    Lincoln, Benjamin 1777 April 19-1783 April 19 Explore Multiple Containers
    Littlefield, William 1778 May 15-1780 March 12 Explore Multiple Containers
    Livingston, Abraham 1777 April 23-May 26 Explore Multiple Containers
    Lott, Abraham 1779 March 6-1780 May 5 Explore Multiple Containers
    Magaw, Robert 1776 November 15 Box 14, Folder 46
    Marion, Francis 1782 November 22 Box 14, Folder 47
    Mathews, John 1782 November 18 Box 14, Folder 48
    McKnight, Charles 1780 January 17 Box 14, Folder 49
    Melven, George 1782 June 5 Box 14, Folder 50
    Morris, Robert 1783 January 20-March 17 Explore Multiple Containers
    North Carolina Board of War 1780 December 14 Box 14, Folder 52
    Pendleton, Henry 1782 September 20 Box 14, Folder 53
    Pendleton, Nathaniel 1781 March 3-1782 September 16 Explore Multiple Containers
    Pettit, Charles 1779 April 11-1784 June 7 Explore Multiple Containers
    Pierce, William 1781 September 13 Box 14, Folder 56
    Read, James 1781 May 5 Box 15, Folder 1
    Read, William 1781 June 4 Box 15, Folder 2
    Reed, Joseph 1781 May 12 Explore Multiple Containers
    Roxburgh, Alexander 1782 November 21 Box 15, Folder 4
    Saunders, Roger Parker 1784 November 12 Box 15, Folder 5
    Shubrick, Thomas 1781 November 24 Box 15, Folder 6
    Spotswood, A 1779 July 13 Box 15, Folder 7
    Telfair, Edward 1785 April 16 Box 15, Folder 8
    Varnum, James M. 1781 January 24-February 10 Explore Multiple Containers
    Walker, George 1782 May 11 Box 15, Folder 10
    Ward, Samuel, Jr 1785 November 11 Box 15, Folder 11
    Washington, George 1779 April 19-1783 April 3 Explore Multiple Containers
    Wendell, John 1776 July 22 Box 15, Folder 15
    Williams, William 1780 January 5 Box 15, Folder 16
    Wilson, Robert 1780 December 6 Box 15, Folder 17