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GREEN, Thomas, soldier, born in Virginia in 1816: died in Blair's Plantation, Louisiana, 14 April, 1864. His father was chief justice of Tennessee and president of Lebanon law-college. The son removed to Texas in early manhood, was a ranger in the war of Texan independence, and also served in the Mexican war. In 1855-'8 he was clerk of the Supreme Court of Texas. He afterward joined the Confederate army, and was engaged in the battles of Valverde, Bisland, and Galveston, and the capture of the "Harriet Lane." In the campaign of 1863 he commanded the cavalry of General Richard Taylor's division, and repulsed the National army, commanded by General Godfrey Weitzel and General Cuvier Grover, at the battle of Bayou la Fourche. After this action he was appointed major general for distinguished services, and placed in command of the cavalry of the trans-Mississippi department. In April, 1864, he commanded the Texas infantry in the Red River campaign. He was mortally wounded near Pleasant Hill, 12 April, 1864, by a shot from a National gun-boat.
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