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07 May 2013

The Reinterment of the Remains of Major General Nathanael Greene (Tombstone Tuesday)

Photo © 2010-2013 S. Lincecum
A monument to Major General Nathanael Greene has been standing in Savannah's Johnson Square since before 1830. The "shaft of granite, fifty feet in height" has bore two tablets made of bronze since about 1885. One on the south side portrays the full figure of Greene, sword at his side. The other provides an inscription:

Major General Nathanael Greene
Born in Rhode Island 1742
Died in Georgia 1786
Soldier. Patriot. The Friend of Washington.
This Shaft has been reared by the people of
Savannah in honor of his great services to the
American Revolution.

Since 14 November 1902, this monument has also been General Greene's tombstone. After a long search and recovery, the remains of Nathanael Greene and his son George Washington Greene were placed here. Directly above where they were interred is a bronze wreath placed by the Savannah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It reads:
To Commemorate
The Reinterment of the
Remains of
Major General
Nathanael Greene
Beneath this Shaft on
November 14, 1902

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