*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.*
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Mary Stockwell on her new book 'Unlikely General: "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America'
University of Michigan's Ross School of Business
Blau Hall, room[masked] E. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Free entry. Books for sale.
Unlikely General: "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America
Published by Yale University Press
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.
Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America follows America’s most scandalous general from the moment he is appointed Commander in Chief of the Legion of the United States in 1792 to his great victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers two years later and finally to his death in 1796 when his shattered body at last gave way to all the hardships he had endured for his country. The book also follows Wayne’s life through flashbacks that reveal how his past brought him to the present moment. Drawn from Wayne’s own passionate letters, where he confessed his deepest thoughts and emotions in a vivid style so different from the rationalism of his peers, it likewise tells the story of how General Wayne gave up everything that mattered in life – his youth, his marriage, his family and friends, his health, and his fortune – to rescue a people who would forget all he had suffered on their behalf, save for the nickname they bestowed on him – “Mad” Anthony.