Charles Greene

Charles Thruston Greene (1842 - 1923)

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Major Charles Thruston Greene
Born in Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in St. Ann's Church, New York, New York, USAmap
Husband of — married in St. James Church, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New York, New York, USAmap
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Categories: 60th Regiment, New York Infantry, United States Civil War.




Charles Thruston Greene



05 MAR 1842 Brookside, 9 miles west of Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland, USA

Military Service

28 MAY 1862 New York, USA
Service: Civil War Veteren



Medical Entry

Leg amputated, Battle at Ringgold[2], Catoosa, Georgia, USA
Josephine Greene said that the Army gave him a new wooden leg every year and that they eventually used them as fire wood.


1850: Ward 5, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1870: Hounsfield, Jefferson, New York, USA
1880: Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, USA
1890: Long Island City, Queens, New York, USA
1900: Manhattan, Kings, New York, USA
1910: 4350 Park Ave., Bronx, New York, USA
1915: 4350 Park Ave., Bronx, New York, USA
1920: 4350 Park Ave., Assembly District 7, Bronx, Bronx, New York, USA


09 MAY 1867 St. Ann's Church, New York, New York, USA[3][4]
By Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, D.D.
26 NOV 1880 St. James Church, Danbury, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
By Dr. Byron Hall


19 AUG 1923 New York, New York, USA


Major Charles Thurston Greene, U.S. Army, retired, died yesterday at the age of 81 in the Reconstruction Hospital, 101st Street and Central Park West. He was a son of the late Maj. Gen. George Sears Greene and a brother of the late General Francis Vinton Greene, former New York police commissioner. Major Greene retired from the army in 1870 after losing his right leg in the Civil War. Since then he had made his home in New York and Brookfield, Conn. In 1901 he became professor of military tactics in St. John's College, Fordham. He was a member of the G.A.R., Sons of Veterans, Loyal Legion, and the American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, at 2:30 P.M., at the Chapel of the Intersection, Broadway and 155th Street.


1923 Laurel Hill Cemetery, Brookfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA


  • See p 611-14, The_Greenes_of_Rhode_Island. He and Addie Maud owned a three story brownstone home in the Bronx, NY. and a summer home which became a year round home for the family on Federal Rd., Brookfield, CT. This was located where Christopher's resturant parking lot is now. (1996).
  • On a visit to St. Marys, GA in Nov. 1996, we located where land had been owned by Charles and Addie Maud. They bought this land from W. A. White. He was Addie Maud's uncle - husband of her Aunt Artemesia Sturges White. They lived in Jacksonville, FL according to our Wilton, CT research. Their daughter, Martha Barrett Greene, was born near St. Marys, GA in 1884. Family oral history states that they owned land on an island off the coast of GA and gave it up for back taxes. More research needed at the Camden County Courthouse, Woodbine, GA where the deed and lien above were located. Catherine Littlefield Greene Miller's, (Nathanael Greene's wife), will is recorded at the same Court house.
  • Louise Greene Fullerton states that, "I remember my Grandfather; he lived with us in Dumont, NJ. He went to NY City on the West Shore Railroad, to an office, on 42nd St. a few times a week. He'd entertain us with his wooden leg. He let us put a pin in his leg. Then, he'd show us the leg and that it didn't hurt him. But, he told us we should never do it to ourselves. The V.F.W. Post in Dumont, NJ was named after him - Major Charles Greene Post. He was on a trolley car on 42nd St. in NYC and fell. Folks thought he was a drunk (because of his uneven gait due to his wooden leg). When finally someone looked at him he was gone. They took the body back to Brookfield. My Dad, Harry T. Greene, had to stay in the baggage car with the body. Mother stayed with us on the train." Josephine Greene said that when they, his children, were very young and were angry, he'd let them hit his leg - to get rid of their aggression.
  • From The_Greenes_of_Rhode_Island p 513-4: "...began his career in the office of Hallett, Dow & Youngs, NY, NY in 1857. He received his first military experience as a private of Company G, 22d Regiment, N. G. S. N. Y., when it went to the front in (May 28), 1862. Within a few months Private Greene was promoted to the position of second lieutenant, 60th Regiment, NY Volunteers, and served as aid-de-camp on the division staff of this father. The following year he was promoted for bravery in battle to the rank of first lieutenant. This was the battle of Gettysburg, where General Greene, his father, succeeded by timely maneuvers in holding the right wing of the Federal Army with a few troops against great odds. In Sept. 1863, Lieutenant Greene became assistant Adjutant-General, Third Brigade, Second Division, 12 Corps. While leading the brigade at Ringgold, GA, a cannon ball killed his horse and completely severed the Major's right leg. This honorable wound, though a great inconvenience through life, is a mark of service surpassing the decorations which he also possessed. For services in this battle he was brevetted Major, which title he bears.
  • "Major Greene left the volunteer service in 1865. In July, 1866, he was made captain of Company H, 42nd United States Infantry, being at that time only 24 years of age and probably the youngest captain ever in the regular army. He went on the retired list Dec. 15, 1870. Since his retirement Major Greene has lived in or near NY. In 1893 he identified himself with the movement to improve cities and towns, by organizing and becoming president of the Improvement Society of Brookfield, Conn., where he had a summer residence. On Oct. 1, 1901, he was appointed Professor of Military Science and Tactics at St. John's College, Fordham, New York City." For a more complete military record see p 613-4, Greene's of RI. I have the brass buttons from Charles' military uniform and his epaulets. JGP
  • From Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book, proof sheet, about 1895: C.T. Greene's residences; Brookfield, CT and 503 Fifth Ave. New York City, NY.
  • Both Charles and Addie Maud are buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Brookfield, CT.
  • The older kids had jobs in NYC. Aunt Maud was a teacher, Aunt Josephine worked at a coupon redemption place. Aunt Martha worked at a florist shop, Aunt Sarah was a kindergarten teacher, all in NYC. It is my understanding that they commuted back and forth by railroad. The Brookfield railroad station was very close to their home. My father went to school in both NYC and in Brookfield. I don't know when they bought the house in Brookfield. Charles T. Greene was married 1st in Danbury. I don't know where he lived at that time. Their Brookfield home was just a short way from his 2nd wife's (Supple) family home.



  1. Clarke: Page 611
  2. November 27, 1863: The Civil War Battle at Ringgold Gap - Following the Union victory at Missionary Ridge and the Rebel retreat, Yankee troops set out in pursuit. Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne’s command fell back to Ringgold Gap where the Western & Atlantic Railroad passed through Taylor’s Ridge. Maj. Gen. Joseph B. Hooker sent his force forward to seize the ridge, which it failed to do after five hours of heavy fighting. Results: Confederate victory. Estimated Casualties: 912 total (US 432; CS 480)
  3. Clarke: Page 474
  4. Clarke: Page 612

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On 6 May 2015 at 17:10 GMT Paula J wrote:

Very nice profile!

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