Lot 220: Major General in the Continental Army (1742–1786) who entered the army as a private and rose to become one of Washington's most able and dependable general officers; he is best known for his exploits in the Southern Theater, actions which set the stage for Cornwallis' defeat at Yorktown. Revolutionary War–dated ALS signed "N. Greene," one page both sides, 7.25 x 9, February 23, 1783. Letter to General George Weaden, in full: "I will only write you a line of remembrance as May or Forsyth can give you all the news. I would not write this but to convince you that you hold the same esteem and regard with me that you ever did. Mrs. Greene is very unwell and what is very uncommon with her is rather low spirited. She talks of going to the Northward this spring. I hardly think she will but her children begin to urge her return. She desires her kind compliments to you and Mrs. Weaden and all others of her acquaintance please to add mine also." Intersecting folds, a few light stains, and minor paper loss along the hinge, otherwise fine condition.Weedon served as brigadier general of the Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army in 1777, commanding soldiers at Greene's Valley Forge division shortly before resigning from his post due to Congress's unjust seniority guidelines. Despite never returning to full duty in the Virginia regiment, Weedon led a brigade of Virginia militia during the Battle of Yorktown in 1781, repelling the infamous Banastre Tarleton and blocking Lord Cornwallis's escape route at Gloucester Point. Weedon would settle into retirement two years later, with Greene following suit, serving as president of Rhode Island's Society of the Cincinnati until his early death in 1786. A charming letter from the final days of the Revolution.
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