James Durrell Greene

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

James Durrell Greene was born in Lynn, Massachusetts back in 1828.  From my resources, he was an excellent student, planning on attending West Point.  However, his mother talked him into attending Harvard University.

In 1860, he joined the 5th Massachusetts Militia Regiment as a Lieutenant Colonel.  The next year he was transferred to the 17th US infantry Regiment stationed at Ft. Preble, Maine.  In 1863, he was involved in the Battle of Gettysburg, then the Battle of Chickamauga that same year.  For his service, he was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General in 1867.

He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, he died in 1902.

What you may not know about James is that he was also an inventor.  He invented the Greene rifle, it was the first bolt action rifle to see combat during the American Civil War.

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Comments (17)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray here's a photo of Colonel James Greene's rifle....

Greene Rifle - Scarce

May 06, 2020 02:52 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for my morning history lesson which I depend on to start my mind. Have a great Wednesday James Dray 

May 06, 2020 03:55 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. So many people I have never head of. Makes trivia look easy! Enjoy your day!

May 06, 2020 04:08 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that was sure an improvemnt for that time in the war.

May 06, 2020 05:03 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Good thing I was taught to shoot from both sides as it was difficult to find a rifle that discharged from the right side.

Probably why I like my Ithaca collection.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 06, 2020 05:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... not knowing much, if anything about, rifles the significance of this passes me by, but I'll take your word for it!

May 06, 2020 05:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

I have to admit that that weapons have no interest in my life.  For many, they do and they revere them...Wishing you a wonderful day.  A

May 06, 2020 06:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I was just thinking as I read your post about the role of military during the beginning days of our country.  What would Mr. Greene become if he hadn't invented this gun or been a part of that effort?  

May 06, 2020 06:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a great day.

May 06, 2020 06:42 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know much about the military, but I do enjoy giving out free smiles daily!

May 06, 2020 07:01 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Lots of inventors out there discovering new ways to do things and interesting to learn about James today.

May 06, 2020 07:02 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - Another Greene.  I wonder if he was a descendant of Nathanial Greene.

May 06, 2020 08:47 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this great history lesson.  James Greene's rifle came at a very important time. 

May 06, 2020 05:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- you know...you and Barbara Todaro make a great team for your informative and historical posts. 

May 06, 2020 05:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James you got my attention and yes Barbara Todaro  knows about Lynn the city of sin:)) what a shame he would have been a great addition to the Long Gray Line, Endre

May 06, 2020 11:21 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I had not heard of the Greene rifle James Dray but you can be sure I will be paying attention from noe on every time I look at a bolt action rifle. I own a couple of Mossberg bolt action rifles ans a couple Smith and Wessons as well.

May 07, 2020 02:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I knew nothing of this, and have never heard of a Greene rifle, so thank you for the education.

Enjoy the weekend!


May 08, 2020 04:57 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Advanced weaponry is a great benefit to the army possessing it. I am the Greene rifle benefited the Union Army greatly.

Jun 10, 2020 12:18 PM