Unlikely General: Mad Anthony Wayne And The Battle For America

April 21, 2020|
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.
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.
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Title:Unlikely General: Mad Anthony Wayne And The Battle For AmericaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:376 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:376 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 inPublished:April 21, 2020Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300251874

ISBN - 13:9780300251876

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