The Day by Day History of the
Nathanael Greene Was Born
August 7, 1742
You probably know a lot about George
Washington, but do you know anything about his friends?
Nathanael Greene was born August 7, 1742, in Putowomut, Rhode
Island. He was one of Washington's closest friends; Greene even
named his son after George. Like Washington, Nathanael Greene
was a Revolutionary War hero.
In 1781, Nathanael Greene
fought the famous British General Lord Cornwallis. Greene knew
he had to be clever. He was commander in chief of the southern
army, but he knew that Cornwallis had far more soldiers than the
Americans. How could he fight an army that was bigger than his
own and expect to win? Ever hear the phrase "divide and
General Greene forced Cornwallis's troops to
split up and fight in two different areas at the same time.
Thanks to Greene's plan, the British retreated from Cowpens,
South Carolina, to the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Later
that year, General Cornwallis surrendered to Greene's good
friend, General Washington.