- Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786)
Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786)
This collection is stored at Firestone Library.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Collection Creator: De Coppet, Andre,
Extent: 2 boxes
Collection is open for research use. Researchers may be required to use surrogates of
collection items stored in special vault facilities.
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 In some instances, the letters may not be published in full but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.
Greene, Nathanael (1742-1786); 1775-1785; Andre De Coppet Collection, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.