After the war, Greene returned to Rhode Island to find his foundry business neglected and his general financial situation precarious. When the state of Georgia honored him for his service to the state with the gift of a plantation, Mulberry Grove, the retired general moved his family south. He also built a cottage at Cumberland Island in Camden County, Georgia. General Greene died of a stroke after walking in the hot sun on June 19, 1786.
I would fain hope…that upon a final settlement of his affairs there will be a handsome competency for Mrs. Greene and the children. But should the case be otherwise, and Mrs. Greene, yourself, and Mr. Rutlidge would think proper to entrust my namesake G: W: Greene to my care, I will give him as good an education as this country (I mean No. America) will afford; I will bring him up to either of the genteel professions that his friends may chuse, or his own inclination shall lead him to pursue, at my own cost and charge.
George Washington to Jeremiah Wadsworth partial manuscript, October 22, 1786. George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799 Manuscript Division.
- Read more of Washington’s correspondence with and about Nathanael Greene. Search the George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799 on Nathanael Greene.
- Additional correspondence is located in The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress, 1606 to 1827.
- Search all titles under Nathanael Greene for exchanges and messages to Congress during Greene’s tenure as quartermaster general in A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1785.
- Search Today in History on Revolutionary War to read more about events in America’s fight for independence.
- Images of General Greene, including a copy of the oath of allegiance to the United States signed on May 23, 1778, are accessible among the Library’s Photos, Prints, and Drawings. Search for individual battles and events for additional images.
- Browse by location in The Rochambeau Map Collection for maps of the various campaigns.