To Major General Nathanael Greene1
[West Point, July 27, 1779. Document listed in dealer’s catalogue. Document not found.]
1. ADS, listed by Thomas F. Madigan, New York City, in Autograph Notes, I (January-February, 1919), 3, Item 203.
Greene, a Rhode Island Quaker who served in the state militia in 1774 and 1775, was appointed a brigadier general in the Continental Army on June 22, 1775. After the British evacuated Boston in March, 1776, he commanded the army of occupation, and in May, 1776, he was placed in charge of the defenses at New York City. On August 9, 1776, he was promoted to major general, and on March 2, 1778, he was appointed quartermaster general. Although he resigned as quartermaster general in July, 1780, he continued to serve in that capacity until September 30, 1780.