October 06, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Major General and Western Surveyor, Francis Vinton Greene, Signed Boudoir Card

Greene, Francis Vinton (1850-1921). Boudoir photograph of Greene in uniform, signed as Major General USV, with studio imprint of S.A. Cohner, Havana, dated 1899 on verso.  

Greene was a member of "the Rhode Island Greenes." Born in 1850, he was not old enough for Civil War service, but graduated from USMA in 1870. His first two years were spent in the 4th Artillery, but in 1872 he transferred to the Corps of Engineers. He served on the northern boundary survey as assistant astronomer and surveyor, 1872-1876. He served with the US Legation in St. Petersburg, 1877-79, and with the Russian army in Turkey the first half of that time. With his return he was in charge of public works in Washington, DC until he became professor of practical engineering at the Military Academy in 1885. He served in the Spanish American War where he earned the ranks of Brigadier General and Major General. 

Francis Greene was the son of George S. Greene, famous for actions on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg. His brother, Samuel, was the executive officer of the USS Monitor in its historic battle with the Merrimac. George Greene was the second cousin of Nathanael Greene, of the Revolutionary Army - a family with a long record of service to the nation.



Some minor cases of scattered foxing, even toning of the image. Light edge and corner wear to mount.

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