Greenfield Quarles

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Greenfield Quarles
Greenfield Quarles
Greenfield Quarles in Virginia Military Institute uniform
Born (1847-04-01)April 1, 1847[1]
Christian County, Kentucky[2]
Died January 14, 1921(1921-01-14) (aged 73)[2]
Helena, Arkansas[2]
Resting place Maple Hill Cemetery [1]
34°32′34″N 90°35′27″W / 34.54280°N 90.59080°W / 34.54280; -90.59080 [3]
Nationality United States of America
Alma mater Virginia Military Institute[2]
Occupation Lawyer, judge, soldier[2]
Known for Founder of the Sigma Nu Fraternity[4]
Spouse(s) Ida Gist[2]
Children One daughter[2]
Parent(s) John Nicholas Quarles[2]
Military career
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
 United States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
United States Army
Rank Private (Confederate States Army)[2]
US-O4 insignia.svg Major (United States Army, Arkansas Volunteer Infantry)[2]

Greenfield Quarles (April 1, 1847 – January 14, 1921) was a Confederate States Army and United States Army soldier, judge,[2] and one of the founders of the Sigma Nu fraternity.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Christian County, Kentucky, his family moved to Arkansas in 1851.[2] Quarles was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and during his time, along with James Frank Hopkins and James McIlvaine Riley founded the Sigma Nu Fraternity.[4] In 1873, Quarles married his wife Ida Gist and had a daughter. In his early professional life, Quarles was a public servant having been elected a first district prosecuting attorney, a county judge, and probate judge.[2]

Military service[edit]

Quarles served in the Confederate States Army during the civil war as a Private. After the war, he became a charter member of Camp Cawley of the United Confederate Veterans of Helena, Arkansas.[2]

During the Spanish–American War, Quarles volunteered with the Arkansas Volunteer Infantry (Arkansas State Guard and the Spanish–American War) when called upon by the United States Army as a Major. Quarles did not participate in any battles in Cuba during the war.[2]

During World War I, Quarles served as a special agent to the United States Government.[2]


Quarles died at his home in Helena, Arkansas.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Pvt Greenfield Quarles". Find A Grave. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Confederated Southern Memorial Association (U.S.); Sons of Confederate Veterans (Organization); United Confederate veterans; United Daughters of the Confederacy (1921). "Confederate Veteran [serial] (1921)". Nashville, Tenn. : [S.A. Cunningham]. p. 228. Archived from the original (image) on 2011-12-21. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Maple Hill Cemetery". Find A Grave. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "The History of Sigma Nu". Sigma Nu Fraternity. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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