Greenville County named for Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene

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The bronze statue to Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene stands on the plaza outside The Greenville News at the corner of Broad and South Main streets.


A 7-foot bronze statue of Major General Nathanael Greene, who led American troops in the South during the Revolutionary War, stands in The Greenville News plaza at the corner of Broad and South Main streets.

Greene, who was appointed by George Washington in 1780 to lead the Southern command, was considered a brilliant strategist. He fought in several battles in the North, and in the southern battles at Guilford, Ninety Six and Eutaw Springs. Greene and Washington were the only Continental Army generals who served during the Revolutionary War.

Greene was born in Rhode Island in 1742 and died in Savannah in 1786, at age 44. The namesake of Greenville County, Greene becomes the fifth historic figure to be honored by a statue on Main Street. His statue joined those of Joel Poinsett, Vardry McBee, Joe Jackson and Charles Townes as part of the city's salute to its heroes.

Known as the Nathanael Greene Freedom Monument, the display also includes plaques honoring three other leaders of the revolution in the southern United States -- Andrew Pickens, Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter.

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