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Nathanael Greene — Forced the British to Yorktown for Defeat

George Washington appointed Nathanael Greene commander of the Southern Army on 10/14/1780.  Two generals had already failed at the task.  The situation was desperate.  Washington knew Greene’s military genius.  There was no man he trusted or depended on more.  Greene rose to the task, and through a series of unique military tactics and grueling maneuvers, he drove the British to Yorktown.  Unable to participate in the victory he created, Greene immediately led his exhausted army into the deep South to continue the fight for another year. Nathanael Greene’s comment on his Southern Campaign was, “We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.”  Greene drove the British from the South, sacrificing his own life in the process.  Three years after the close of the War, at the age of forty-four,  he would die of a stroke. His death was an enormous loss to the young Republic.

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