Martin Edwin Green

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Martin Edwin Green, a native of Fauquier County, Virginia, was born June 3, 1815. In 1836, with his young bride, he went by wagon to Wheeling, (West) Virginia; then by boat down the Ohio and up the Mississippi to St. Louis; and then, again by wagon, to Lewis County, Missouri, where he established with his brothers a steam sawmill. At the outbreak of war in 1861 he organized a cavalry command in Northeastern Missouri, with which he joined General Sterling Price's army. This became a part of what was later known as "Green's Missouri Cavalry Regiment," of which he was elected colonel. He was present at the capture of Lexington, at Elkhorn, and at Iuka and Corinth, east of the river. He was commissioned brigadier from July 21, 1862. In command of a brigade of General John S. Bowen's division, he opposed Grant's advance at Port Gibson, and subsequently took part in the campaign which culminated in the siege of Vicksburg. He was slightly wounded on June 25, 1863. Two days later, while looking over the parapet at a sap being run by the enemy some sixty yards away, he was struck in the head by a ball from the rifle of a Federal sharpshooter and almost instantly killed. He was first buried in a private lot in the city cemetery of Vicksburg; the exact present location of his remains seems to be unknown. He was a brother of U. S. Senator James Stephen Green of Missouri.

Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.