Author’s Talk – Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
President George Washington was determined to secure the Old Northwest—the region extending from the Ohio to the Mississippi—for American settlers, but a powerful Indian confederacy barred the way. Two successive military expeditions to take control of the region had ended in expensive and bloody disasters. Congressmen, reluctant to authorize a third, insisted that it was foolish “to send forth armies to be butchered in the forests.” Washington ignored them and chose Anthony Wayne—a headstrong Continental Army veteran with a reputation for heavy drinking, womanizing and recklessness on the battlefield—to lead a new army into the western wilderness. In Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America (Yale University Press, 2018), Mary Stockwell introduces us to this remarkable man and this extraordinary moment when the reputation of the president and the future of the West was at stake. Drawing on Wayne’s personal correspondence, she presents an insightful portrait of a controversial man whose choices shaped the future of the country.
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The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
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