Did Nathanael Greene Deserve His Place In American History

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It is said that George Washington stated that if something were to happen to him, he would want his most trusted General, Nathanael Greene, to take command over the Continental Army. Nathanael Greene was a self-taught military strategist who served the Patriot cause the full eight years of the American Revolutionary War. Despite being raised as a Quaker and having no formal education or military training, he is notable in both United States and military history. Nathanael Greene does deserve his place in American history because of his many accomplishments as Major General, Quarter Master, and Commander in the American Revolution.
Nathanael Greene was promoted to Major General and was the youngest at the time to serve in this position at the age of thirty-four. In August 1774, he
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Alexander Hamilton had said, “For God's sake, overcome prejudice and send Greene,” (Hayball). Washington assigned Greene with the task of leading the weak armies of the south in 1780. After three failed commanders of the Southern Campaign, Washington held the utmost confidence in Greene. Nathanael Greene did not disappoint and arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina by December of that year. By the end of 1780, he had chased all of the British out of the Carolinas and Georgia and into a trap that awaited them in Virginia that led to British surrender. Greene’s strategy consisted of, “dividing the enemy, eluding him, and tiring him,” (YourDictionary). Although Greene had lost some battles, it was still British troops who had suffered the most casualties and were forced to withdraw and await reinforcements. Meanwhile, Greene had sent smaller units to destroy British garrisons and by October 1781, only Charleston remained under control of the British, and yet, it fell in

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