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Anthony Wayne

Military Leader Anthony Wayne

Profession: Military Leader

United States of America

Biography: Known by his sobriquet 'Mad Anthony' for his fiery personality and military exploits, Wayne rose to be a brigadier general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

After this he led the Legion of the United States, and fought in the Northwest Indian War.

Born: January 1, 1745
Birthplace: Easttown Township, Province of Pennsylvania, British America
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: December 15, 1796 (aged 51)
Cause of Death: Gout

Historical Events

  • 1777-09-20 Battle of Paoli; British forces under Major General Charles Grey attacks Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's encampment. Claims the British gave no quarter leads to engagement becoming known as the "Paoli Massacre"
  • 1779-06-16 US General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, New York, inflicting heavy losses on the British
  • 1781-01-01 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.
  • 1794-08-20 Battle of Fallen Timbers: Major General "Mad Anthony" Wayne defeats a joint British-Native American force at Fallen Timbers, Ohio in the final battle of the Northwest Indian War

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