In 1775 he withrew from his college studies and founded a volunteer military company. On March 14, 1776, was commissioned Captain of the New York Provincial Company of Artillery. He exhibited great skill and intelligence in his duties with artillery, and noticed. (It may have been Greene who introduced Alexander Hamilton to George Washington). He was asked to serve on the staff of Lord Stirling, which he declined, and continued his career with the artillery effectively at Long Island, Harlem Heights, White Plains, as well as seeing action at Trenton and Princeton in the New Jersey campaign.


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