Bayonets in the Wilderness: Anthony Wayne's Legion in the Old Northwest

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2004 - History - 419 pages
Ration shortages, disloyalty, defeat, and international meddling--such were the obstacles facing General Anthony Wayne as he sought to secure the Old Northwest Territory for white settlement in the 1790s. When President George Washington appointed Wayne to command the Legion of the United States, he granted him unlimited powers to conduct a military campaign against the Indian confederacy of the Ohio River Valley. In Bayonets in the Wilderness, Alan D. Gaff explores this long-neglected period in American history to tell the complete story of how the U.S. Army conquered the first American frontier. Wayne's successful campaign led to the creation of a standing army for the country and set the standard for future conflicts and treaties with American Indians. Countering the popular impression of Wayne as "mad," Gaff depicts him as a thoughtful, resolute, and diplomatic officer whose masterfully organized campaign brought an end to forty years of border fighting. In this detailed, definitive military history, Gaff documents the British and French influence, the famed battle at Fallen Timbers, and the Treaty of Greeneville, which ended hostilities in the region.
 

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A comprehensive narrative account that takes you from the demise of the ill-fated St. Claire expedition to the death of General Wayne. To a large degree the meat of this book is the documentation of ... Read full review

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A great book about a little known campaign in American history. This book follows the Indian war in the Old Northwest from the disasterous Battle of the Monongahela in 1792 to the triumph at Fallen Timbers and the peace that followed. Well written and well researched. Read full review

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