September 19, 2014
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Descendants of the general

As part a four-day meeting of the National Military Order for the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), one of the country’s oldest veterans organizations, held last week at the Crowne Plaza, the group visited the George Sears Greene burial site in Apponaug. An accomplished engineer, General Greene joined the Union Army in his 60s, making him the oldest Union general to serve in the Civil War. But that is not what he is remembered for. Rather, General Greene and his 1,300 men successfully defended Culp’s Hill that came under attack from a Confederate force 10 times its size for 10 hours during the battle of Gettysburg. Gregg Mierka, commander of the Rhode Island MOLLUS, spearheaded the effort to bring the group to the state. And among those who came from as far away as Belgium and Hawaii, were several direct descendants of the general. Here, they gather at the cemetery and at the boulder that was brought here from Culp’s Hill. They are from left: Ian Greene; his father John; Donna Pierpoint; and brothers Kevin and Kenneth Greene. And perched on the rock is Joan Green Pierpoint. (Warwick Beacon photo)


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