|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1819|
|Death: ||May 30, 1878|
William B. Greene was educated at the U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1839, but did not graduate due to ill health. Of the thirty-one who did graduate that year, six became Union generals in the Civil War: E.R.S. Canby, H.W. Halleck, H.J. Hunt, E.O.C. Ord, J.B. Ricketts, and I.I. Stevens. Despite not graduating, Greene was commissioned in July 1839 as Second Lieutenant, Seventh U.S. Infantry. He served in the Florida War and resigned in November 1841. He then studied at Harvard Divinity School, graduating in 1845, and served as a Unitarian clergyman. He was also a member of the Brook Farm Experiment at West Roxbury, and was an abolitionist. He was in France when the Civil War began and immediately returned to Massachusetts. He was commissioned and mustered as Colonel of the Fourteenth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on July 5, 1861. This regiment was ordered to the defenses around Washington. In January 2, 1862, the regiment was changed to heavy artillery, although it was not redesignated as such until September 19, 1863 (First Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery). In the meantime, on October 11, 1862, Colonel Greene resigned and was discharged. Around the end of 1876 he went to England and he was still there when he died a year and a half later. His remains were transported to Boston, to be buried at Forest Hills, Roxbury (Jamaica Plain).
Sources: Mass. Soldiers..., 5: 557; History of the First Regiment of Heavy Artillery... by Alfred Seelye Roe (1917), pp. 87, 333-34.
Anna Blake Shaw Greene (1817 - 1901)*
Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Feb 20, 2008
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