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GREEN, Thomas Jefferson, soldier, born in Warren County. N. C., in 1801; died there, 13 December 1863. He removed to Texas early in life, and served as brigadier-general of volunteers in the war of Texan independence. In 1843, with other officers, he refused to obey the orders of General Summerville whose loyalty he doubted, and, with a small force, left the main body of troops and attacked the town of Mier. The battle was disastrous to the Texans, and 193 officers and men were taken prisoners. In attempting to escape, they were recaptured, taken to the City of Mexico, and every tenth man was ordered to be shot by Santa-Anna. Green was kept a prisoner at hard labor till 16 September, 1844, when, with 103 others, he was released. He removed to California several years later, served in the state senate, and was major general of militia. When the civil war began he entered the Confederate army, and was engaged in the early Virginia campaigns. He published '" The Mier Expedition" (New York, 1845).--His son, Wharton Jackson, politician, born in St. Mark's, Florida, about 1840, was educated at Harvard, the United States military academy, and the universities of Virginia and Cumberland, Tennessee He visited Europe in 1858, and on his return settled as a planter in Warren County, North Carolina He served throughout the civil war in the Confederate army as lieutenant colonel of a North Carolina regiment, was wounded at. Washington, North Carolina, and Gettysburg, and imprisoned at the close of the war at Johnson's island, he was a delegate to the Democratic national convention of 1868, and was elected to congress in 1882, and re-elected in 1884.
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