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Anthony Wayne

Portrait of Anthony Wayne painted by Thomas Pauley

Known during the American Revolution as “Mad” Anthony,  Wayne is one of the best known generals in the Continental Army.  Propeled by his nickname, Wayne is remembered as a daring, dashing, brave and intrepid military commander who ably led his commands to many victories.  However, the truth is more than this story book account of his life and leadership.

Primary Sources

Wayne, Anthony. Anthony Wayne – A Name in Arms – Soldier, Dipolomat, Defender of Expansion Westward of a Nation. Edited by Richard C. Knopf. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1960.


Boyd, Thomas. Mad Anthony Wayne. NewYork: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1929.

 Moore, Horatio Newton. LIfe and Services of Gen. Anthony Wayne – Founded on Documentary and Other Evidence, Furnished by His Son, Col. Isaac Wayne. Philadelphia: Leary, Getz & Co., 1859.

Nelson, Paul David. Anthony Wayne, Soldier of the Early Republic. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.

Preston, John Hyde. A Gentleman Rebel – Mad Anthony Wayne. Garden City, N.Y: Garden City Publishing Co., Inc., 1930.

Stille, Charles J. Major General Anthony Wayne and the Pennsylvania Line. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1893.

Stockwell, Mary. Unlikely General: Mad Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018.

Tucker, Glenn. Mad Anthony Wayne and the New Nation: The Story of Washington’s Front-Line General. Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books, 1973.

Accounts of Wayne’s 1790’s Ohio Indian Campaign

Gaff, Alan D. Bayonets in the Wilderness: Anthony Wayne’s Legion in the Old Northwest. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

Hogeland, William. Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West. First edition. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.


Anthony Wayne (c. 1783), copy after Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)

Wayne’s Legacy

Major towns, cities and counties are named for Anthony Wayne including Fort Wayne, Indiana and Wayne County (which includes Detroit), Michigan.For information on places named for Wayne in the Detroit region, see Gregory A. Fournier’s Blog

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