In Bayonets in the Wilderness, Alan D. Gaff explores a long-neglected period in American history to tell the complete story of how the U.S. Army conquered the first American frontier, the Northwest Territory. Wayne’s successful campaign led to the creation of a standing army for the country and set the standard for future conflicts and treaties with American Indians. Countering the popular impression of Wayne as “mad,” Gaff depicts him as a thoughtful, resolute, and diplomatic officer whose masterfully organized campaign brought an end in 1794 to forty years of border fighting.
Gaff’s account brings to light alliances between Indian forces and the British military, demonstrating that British troops still conducted operations on American soil long after the supposed end of the American Revolution.
About the Author
Alan D. Gaff is an independent scholar and the author of several books, including Bayonets in the Wilderness: Anthony Wayne’s Legion in the Old Northwest, Blood in the Argonne: The “Lost Battalion” in World War I, and On Many a Bloody Field: Four Years in the Iron Brigade.