As we joined in that annual celebration of Independence Day (aka, 4th of July; aka Annual Cookout Feeding Frenzy; aka The Celebration of Nathan’s Hot Dog-eating Contest), I watched part of the History Channel special about the American Revolution. Yeah, it’s a bit nerdy and lazy, but I am into the war history stuff.
The episode that I saw talked extensively about a little-known, almost-forgotten general by the name of Nathanael Greene. He was Washington’s most valued and trusted general. He enticed General Lord Cornwallis into chasing his army all over South Carolina/North Carolina/Virginia. Cornwallis and his men were so tired that they decided to rest in camp at a place called Yorktown.
Perhaps you’ve heard of it? In a Mel Gibson movie, if not in history class…
Greene, along with state heroes Andrew Pickens, Thomas Sumter, Daniel Morgan, and Francis Marion, is credited with destroying the southern campaign mounted by the British. In fact, some historians argue that it is Greene who is responsible for “setting up” Washington to ultimately win the war.
Here is a little-known fact: The city of Greenville, SC is named in honor of Nathanael Greene. So why is it that we never hear anything about that? Daniel Morgan has a major avenue, a square, and a statue in Spartanburg. Francis Marion has a town and a college. Pickens and Sumter have monuments at the state house. Greene has a statue in Greenville, but he never gets discussed.
I know Michelin and BMW are a big deal, but those are companies. Greene is the man who is responsible for their ability to exist in this city.
So, for a little mindless fun after celebrating the 4th, how about a little love for the greatness of our namesake, Nathanael Greene? Maybe the Greenville “Drive” should become the Greenville Generals!
Okay, enough nonsense about team nicknames…back to theology tomorrow.