Detroit's Historic Fort Wayne

Detroit's Historic Fort Wayne

by James Conway, David F. Jamroz


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Michigan's historic Fort Wayne, located on the narrowest point of the Detroit River, is named for Revolutionary War hero Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne. The fort was built in the 1840s to protect Detroit from British invasion following the strife of the 1838 Patriot War in Canada. Originally constructed of earth and wood, the fortifications were rebuilt in masonry during the Civil War, but the fort has never mounted cannons, as peace came to the international border and remains to this day. Fort Wayne has served the military as a training center, home to infantry regiments, supply depot, prisoner of war camp, and major induction center. It was a source of work for the unemployed during the Great Depression, a place of confinement during the Red Scare of 1920, and home for those displaced by civil unrest in Detroit during the 1960s. The fort continues to invite people to its riverfront view, not as soldiers but as guests, to enjoy community events on its broad parade fields and to learn about those who lived, drilled, and worked there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531631901
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/04/2007
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

James Conway serves as project manager at Fort Wayne. A Fort Wayne U.S. Army inductee and a community preservationist, he has served as chief curator of museum programs and architectural curator for Detroit Historical Museums. David F. Jamroz is a retired automotive engineer and West Point graduate with 32 years military service. A historian, he is active in community efforts to preserve historic Fort Wayne. The images used to tell the fort�s story have been selected from the collections of the Detroit Historical Society, the Detroit Public Library, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Detroit City on the Straits     9
Defending the Straits     15
Building Fort Wayne     23
Civil War Years     45
Garrison Life     55
Detroit's Social Center     85
Arsenal of Democracy     91
Cold War Years     101
Place of Refuge     109
Historic Fort Wayne     115

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