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Definition: American general who had a large hand in bringing about the final surrender of British General Charles Cornwallis at Yorktown. Greene was first an aide to General George Washington, serving at Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth. After the Battle of Charleston, Greene replaced General Horatio Gates as commander of the Southern Army. He won a smashing victory at Cowpens. Although the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was technically a British victory, it weakened the British forces so much that Cornwallis decided to abandon the Carolinas and march to Virginia. Greene followed and trapped Cornwallis into surrendering at Yorktown.

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