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Anthony Wayne, soldier of the early republic /
Paul David Nelson.
imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1985.
description
x, 368 p. : ill., port., maps.
ISBN
0253307511
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imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1985.
isbn
0253307511
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3217975
 
Bibliography: p. 341-357.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1985-09-15:
Nelson effectively argues that Wayne was an energetic natural soldier, not the hotheaded ``Mad Anthony'' of myth. Careful planning and strict discipline won Wayne's victories in the American Revolution. He later instilled professionalism in the new U.S. Army of the 1790s, defeating Northwest Indian tribes at the Battle of Fallen Timbers (1794). Using exemplary research, Nelson weaves Wayne's personal life into his military and political careers for an excellent, complete biography. It replaces Glenn Tucker's Mad Anthony Wayne (1973). Recommended for college libraries and others with interests in military history or the Revolutionary era. Joseph G. Dawson III, History Dept., Texas A&M Univ., Galveston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1986-03:
Nelson's book is essentially a military biography; Anthony Wayne was essentially a military man. Fortunately, Nelson constantly reminds readers of Wayne's other interests, many regularly neglected by Wayne. Nor are scholars spared Wayne's less attractive characteristics: his egotism, his love of pomp, his ``romantic'' view of war, and, at times, his petulance. The author leads his readers carefully through detailed accounts of Wayne's campaigns, always placing them in the overall setting of the Revolutionary action. Nelson's study offers a better understanding of Wayne and his problems during the war as well as his later difficulties in the northwest, where his antagonist was as much James Wilkinson as the Indians or British. The work is supplemented by informative illustrations, a series of easy-to-read maps, extensive citations, and a useful bibliography. Valuable to professional scholars and Revolutionary buffs alike.-C.R. Allen Jr., Widener University
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Summaries
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Genesis of a Soldier 1745-1776p. 1
Canada and Ticonderoga 1776-1777p. 21
Trials in Pennsylvania 1777p. 42
Valley Forge and Monmouth 1777-1779p. 65
Stony Point and Stormy Politics 1779-1780p. 94
Mutiny 1780-1781p. 115
the Virginia Adventure 1781p. 132
Southern Triumph 1781-1783p. 163
Politics and Debt 1783-1786p. 186
Redemption 1787-1792p. 208
Commander of the Legion 792-1793p. 228
Fallen Timbers 1793-1794p. 249
Peace in the Northwest 1794-1795p. 269
Good Soldier's Reward 1795-1796p. 284
Notesp. 305
Selected Bibliographyp. 341
Indexp. 359
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