Nathanael Greene, Jr. (1742-1786) was an American general during the American Revolutionary War. He was a native of the state of Rhode Island. Although having no prior military experience, Greene proved himself to be George Washington's most capable general, serving as the Quartermaster General and leading a successful southern campaign where more seasoned generals, such as Horatio Gates and Benjamin Lincoln, had failed. He was wise enough to realize that retreat did not always mean defeat, and although driven from the field several times by the British, Greene's army was able to inflict comparatively high casualties on his enemies.
1776 by David McCullough.