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Thomas Jefferson Green
Birth: Feb. 14, 1802
Warren County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 1863
North Carolina, USA

Texas Independence General, Civil War Confederate Army Officer, Author. In the mid-1830s, he served in both the Texas Republic House of Representative, then the Republic's Senate. During the Texas War of Independence, he served as a Brigadier General in the Texas Army. In the Battle at Mier, he and almost two hundred officers and men were taken prisoner. Seventeen of these men were executed by drawing of the "Black Bean Lottery”, with the remaining prisoners eventually being released. Later, he wrote the book "Journal of the Texan Expedition Against Mier," recounting the events. In 1846, Greenville, Texas was named for him. The first monument honoring the men who died at the Alamo contains the inscription "Thermopylae had her messenger of defeat-the Alamo had none." The quote was taken from a speech delivered by General Green. During the California Gold Rush, he headed west, where he served in the first California State Senate. He sponsored the bill that created the "University of California." He was known for ending each senate session by proclaiming, "Let's have a drink! Let's have a thousand drinks!" After this, the state's first legislative session became known as "The Legislature of 1,000 Drinks." By the time the Civil War began, he had returned to North Carolina. Although advanced in age, he joined the Confederate Army and was involved in several battles in Virginia. His sons claimed that he died of "heartbreak" over failures on the Confederate's side. He was originally buried at his home, but in 1905, he was re-interred at Fairview Cemetery. (bio by: Evening Blues) 
Fairview Cemetery
Warren County
North Carolina, USA
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Record added: Nov 03, 2003
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