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“Mad Anthony” Wayne raised a militia unit at the beginning of the Revolutionary War and participated in the invasion of Canada. He fought in the Battle of Trois-Rivières, and led forces at Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. “Mad Anthony” Wayne fought at Brandywine in 1777, then harassed British General Howe as his troops marched towards Pennsylvania. He fought at Germantown, and quartered the winter at Valley Forge.
In 1778, Wayne attacked at the Battle of Monmouth, and in 1779, he led a stealth, bayonet-only night to capture Stony Point, New York, for which he was awarded a medal by the Continental Congress. When the Pennsylvania Line of the Continental Army threatened mutiny for being paid with worthless “continental currency,” Wayne was able to keep the army together.
Wayne led Lafayette’s forces in the 1781 Green Springs action and led a bayonet charge against British Lord Cornwallis’s troops in Virginia. After the Revolution, Wayne was recalled by Washington to fight an Indian confederacy in the Battle of Fallen Timbers, 1794.
Many places in the United States are named for General”Mad Anthony” Wayne, including:
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wayne, New Jersey
Wayne, New York
Wayne, West Virginia
South Wayne, Wisconsin