Colton Greene was an American soldier and a businessperson. Greene was born on 7th of July 1833 in South Carolina, United States of America. Green’s antecedents including his family, parents, and education are unknown. He is remembered for the leading role he played as a Confederate general who led cavalry units during the American Civil War.
The early life of Colton Greene was a quiet one with little known of his background or full name. Reports indicate that Greene was unmarried and that he never gave out or discussed much of his past with people. In Memphis, Greene’s story has been traced, and the results indicate that he killed another man in a feud in South Carolina after which he moved to the west. Greene also took part in politics in 1857 while residing in Missouri. During his political career, Green was a member of the Democratic Party which was headed by the state. By 1860, Greene had become of the leading entrepreneurs in St. Louis who gave him a lot of wealth.
Greene played a significant role in American Civil War. Before the war, he actively took part in the pro-session movement in Missouri border state when he chose to rally behind the confederation cause. By 1861, Greene had been appointed as an aide-de-camp by C. F. Jackson who was the Missouri governor at the time. Greene’s rank then grew to the position of a captain by 1861.
Being an active member of a movement that championed for secession, Greene was among the people who organized the pro-southern movement that drew plans that were to be used in seizing Missouri city alongside its arsenal. To effectuate the secession plans, Governor Jackson sent Green to the then president P. Davis. The main content of Green’s mission was obtaining canon that they would use in attacking the federal arsenal of St. Louis.
Although Green succeeded in this mission, it was unfortunate that the arrival of the canon was way much later. Troops loyal to the federal troops soon captured the cannon with several Missouri Militia who had planned an attack on the federal city. Greene went to Jefferson City where he met the governor and assisted in drilling those who had been recruited as a pro-southern.
Green’s first battle came in 1861 on Gen. J. H. McBride. Green eventually rose to the rank of the colonel by October 28 under Gen. McBride. McBride soon felt ill, and Greene took the mantle of leading the district. Come 1864; Green took part in Old River Lake Battle that was fought in Arkansas. After the war in 1865, Greene went back to St. Louis to return to his business.
Unfortunately, he found that his business had been seized by S. Hoyt. This left Green in abject poverty. Eventually, he moved to Memphis where he founded a bank and organized support for the initial municipal waterworks in 1886. In 1900, Green died in Memphis where he was put to rest in Elmwood Cemetery. To conclude, Greene played a significant role in the American Civil War as he actively took part in the pro-session movement in Missouri border state when he chose to rally behind the confederation cause.