Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Greene mss., 1876-1914, are primarily letters of Francis Vinton Greene, 1850-1921, general, historian, and engineer, to his mother Mrs. Martha Barrett (Dana) Greene, written in 1876 while he was on a journey by train from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to the west coast with General William Tecumseh Sherman, 1820-1891, and James Donald Cameron, 1833-1918, railroad president, U.S. senator, and U.S. secretary of war, and their families. He comments on the silver mines at Virginia City, Nevada, on the luxurious railroad car in which they traveled, on meetings with the three railroad kings, Leland Stanford, 1824-1893, governor of California, Charles Crocker, 1822-1888, merchant, capitalist, and Collis Potter Huntington, 1821-1900, capitalist; on associations with bankers, real estate magnates, and lumbermen on the coast. He was also greatly impressed with the Earl and Countess of Dufferin and Ava. At Salt Lake City he saw Brigham Young. Included is an autographed photograph of Greene, San Stefano, Turkey, April 1878, a letter from Thomas H. Anderson to Greene inquiring about the use by the Russian army of horses to carry ammunition to the front, and the use of compressed or manufactured forage rations in the Russo-Turkish War, July 10, 1883; and Skobeleff: a talk with the officers of the War College by Greene, March 5, 1914.

Collection size: 12 items

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