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Anthony Wayne, soldier of the early republic

Paul David Nelson has written an exciting biography of an exciting figure -- the military hero of the American Revolution and the Indian Wars in the Northwest Territory -- "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Some of his contemporaries called him rash and impetuous, a braggart and a dandy. "More active and enterprising than judicious and cautious" was George Washington's verdict. True, Wayne had a flair for the dramatic and consciously acted the role of swashbuckler, but he proved himself one of the best and most successful military leaders of the early American republic. Despite his reputation for madness, Wayne, as Nelson points out, was a prudent and careful officer whose military record belies the myth. When he ran out of wars to fight, Wayne turned to the political arena. Nelson shows that the qualities which made Wayne a great military leader served him well in politics. He proved himself articulate and shrewd in statecraft in a critical time for the young republic, the years just after ratification of the Constitution. - Publisher
Print Book, English, ©1985
Indiana University Press, Bloomington, ©1985
x, 368 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9780253307514, 9780608010670, 0253307511, 0608010677
Genesis of a soldier, 1745-1776
Canada and Ticonderoga, 1776-1777
Trials in Pennsylvania, 1777
Valley Forge and Monmouth, 1777-1779
Stony Point and stormy politics, 1779-1780
Mutiny, 1780-1781
The Virginia adventure, 1781
Southern triumph, 1781-1783
Politics and debt, 1783-1786
Redemption, 1787-1792
Commander of the legion, 1792-1793
Fallen timbers, 1793-1794
Peace in the northwest, 1794-1795
Good soldier's reward, 1795-1796