Unlikely General:

Unlikely General: "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America

by Mary Stockwell
Unlikely General:

Unlikely General: "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America

by Mary Stockwell


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Why did the once-ardent hero of the American Revolution become its most scandalous general?​

In the spring of 1792, President George Washington chose “Mad” Anthony Wayne to defend America from a potentially devastating threat. Native forces had decimated the standing army and Washington needed a champion to open the country stretching from the Ohio River westward to the headwaters of the Mississippi for settlement.

A spendthrift, womanizer, and heavy drinker who had just been ejected from Congress for voter fraud, Wayne was an unlikely savior. Yet this disreputable man raised a new army and, in 1794, scored a decisive victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, successfully preserving his country and President Washington’s legacy. Drawing from Wayne’s insightful and eloquently written letters, historian Mary Stockwell sheds light on this fascinating and underappreciated figure. Her compelling work pays long‑overdue tribute to a man—ravaged physically and emotionally by his years of military service—who fought to defend the nascent American experiment at a critical moment in history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300251876
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 681,738
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mary Stockwell is the former chair of the history department at Lourdes University in Ohio and the author of The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 "I Have Fought and Bled for the Liberties of America" 1

2 "May God Shut the Door of Mercy on Us" 28

3 "Destined to Exist … in a Howling Wilderness" 48

4 "I Have the Confidence of the General" 68

5 "I Have Not Been Pleased with Madame Fortune" 90

6 "An Event of the Utmost Consequence" 113

7 "I Have No Anxiety but for You and Our Children" 134

8 "They Ought to Unite as a Band of Brothers" 156

9 "They Shall Not Be Lost" 174

10 "This Horrid Trade of Blood" 190

11 "Persecution Has Almost Drove Me Mad" 218

12 "A Savage Enemy in Front, Famine in the Rear" 243

13 "Listen to the Voice of Truth and Peace" 270

14 "I Will Write You More from Presque Isle" 286

Epilogue "A.W. 15 Dec. 1796" 298

Notes 303

Bibliography 337

Index 351

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