Out of the Line of Splendor: Quartermaster General Nathanael Greene and his Relationship with his Position, George Washington, and the Continental Congress

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[Unknown User], “Out of the Line of Splendor: Quartermaster General Nathanael Greene and his Relationship with his Position, George Washington, and the Continental Congress,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed January 18, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/388.

Title

Out of the Line of Splendor: Quartermaster General Nathanael Greene and his Relationship with his Position, George Washington, and the Continental Congress

Creator

Byers, Nicholas

Date

2019

Description

This thesis will answer the question of how did Nathanael Greene’s opinion of his position in the Quartermaster Department, his relationship with George Washington as Commander in Chief, and with the Continental Congress as the overseeing government body, affect his role as Quartermaster General for the Continental Army? And how did 18th century American society’s idea of masculinity guide Greene’s actions in these regards. This paper takes advantage of Greene’s personal letters from his years in the position, Washington’s letters during that time, and the collected journals of the Continental Congress. In this thesis these documents are used as primary accounts of the interactions between Greene, Washington, and Congress. This thesis will argue that Greene’s sense of masculinity dictated his actions during his time as Quartermaster General. Greene came into the position at a terrible time in the department and his opinion on his new role was pessimistic. Washington was often a micromanaging and demanding superior officer, and Congress hampered Greene, although for the most part not purposefully, through personal driven legislation and financial mismanagement of the government’s currency. This thesis will fit into the oft-forgotten topic of continental army logistics and the internal politics of the army and Congress, as well as the study of masculinity in the 18th century.

Subject

Continental Army Logistics, Quartermaster Department, Nathanael Greene, 18th Century Masculinity, American Revolution, George Washington, Continental Congress, Honor, Manly Independence

Publisher

Simmons University (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (73 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses

Potential Collection

Dual History and Archives Management