Caty
A Biography of Catharine Littlefield Greene

John F. Stegeman and Janet A. Stegeman

Reviews

"Caty was a woman who fascinated her contemporaries. The wife of General Nathanael Greene, a dear friend of George and Martha Washington, more than a friend to General Anthony Wayne, partner of Eli Whitney, and mistress of two plantations, she is brought vividly to life in this biography."
Savannah News-Press

"If you haven't read Caty, you are missing something."
Georgia Journal


Description

Throughout her life, Catharine Littlefield Greene struggled to clear her own place as an individual within a society that was itself fighting for its place as an independent nation. In Caty, John and Janet Stegeman follow the life of a woman whose spirit and determination led her far beyond the domestic concerns of most women of her day.

The wife of Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene, Caty was a close friend of George and Martha Washington, a business partner of Eli Whitney, and mistress of two Georgia plantations. As a voracious reader who preferred the company of men to that of women, Caty courted gossip and near scandal as she, unlike most of the women of her time, maintained friendships with men, most of whom were friends of her husband. Indeed, Nathanael Greene encouraged Caty to join in the political discussions he and his friends enjoyed, and at such gatherings Caty found herself at the center of the tumultuous activity of the Revolution.

Caty also came to know firsthand the effects of the political discussions. As a devoted wife and the mother of five children, Caty faced the challenges of trying to maintain a semblance of normal family life in the cruel circumstances of war, of shouldering in the absence of her husband the financial responsibilities and burdens usually reserved for men.

Although many of Caty’s concerns reflected those of other women of her time, her story, Harvey Jackson suggests in his forward, has importance even beyond the study of women in the years surrounding the Revolution. Caty witnessed and at times participated in some of the most crucial events in the history of the new nation, and her story adds an additional degree of definition to our knowledge of our national origins.

Page count: 264 pp.
Illustrated
Trim size: 6 x 9.25

Read more about Catharine Littlefield Greene at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

 



Paper
List price: $24.95
978-0-8203-0792-3
1985

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John F. Stegeman (1918-1997) is the author of numerous books including Caty: A Biography of Catherine Littlefield Greene and The Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron (both Georgia). Janet A. Stegeman's books include Last Seen on Hopper's Lane and (under the pseudonym Kate Britton) Nightmare at Lilybrook.