The Fort Ticonderoga Virtual Author Series features presentations by authors of books related to Fort Ticonderoga’s history.
Anthony Wayne served the Continental Army heroically from Three Rivers in Canada in 1776 to the Georgia Campaign in 1782. But by the early 1790s, he had fallen on hard times, developing a reputation as a spendthrift, womanizer, and heavy drinker. Still, throughout the Revolution, George Washington had called upon Wayne whenever the situation was desperate. Now, as president, with an Indian confederation blocking the advance of the Americans across Ohio, and with two armies already decimated by the tribes, Washington needed a champion to lead the third army into the Ohio Country. Over the objections of his cabinet, he chose Wayne. Thought to be an unlikely savior by many in his nation, Wayne, though struggling with the illness and depression that had plagued him since the Revolution, raised a new army, and, in summer 1794, headed for a confrontation with the Indians and their British allies at a place known ever after as Fallen Timbers.
Mary Stockwell, who holds a Ph.D. in history, was a professor of history and department chair at Lourdes University. She received numerous awards for her teaching as well as research fellowships at the New York Public Library and the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Currently a full-time writer, she is the author of several works including Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America (Yale University, 2018), Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018), and The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians (Westholme, 2015), as well as history books used by young people throughout the United States.
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