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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