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What: General Nathanael Greene
When: Sunday November 13, 2011
I visited Stanton Park, my closest neighborhood park on November 13th to check out the statue of Mr. Stanton – but when I got there I found that the gentleman on the horse in the middle of the park is actually Major General Nathanael Greene. A Rhode Island native, Greene fought in the Revolutionary War, starting at the lowest possible rank (militia private) he rose all the way to being one of George Washington’s best generals. Greene eventually commanded forces in the southern portion of the colonies, and launched offensives that drove British forces from the Carolinas and Georgia.
The monument was dedicated in 1877 at a cost of approximately $50,000. In 1930, the bronze horse and figure of Greene were reportedly knocked from the granite base of the monument in a windstorm, though they didn’t suffer much damage and were hoisted back in place shortly thereafter.
Sources: Wikipedia, DCmemorials.com