“Mad Anthony” Wayne – 1745-1796
A brilliant American commander during the American Revolution—his boldness suggested by his nickname—Wayne’s military masterpiece came after independence had been won. During 1786– 1794, the Shawnee, Miami, Ottawa, and other tribes resisted white settlement of parts of presentday Ohio and Indiana. U.S. Army and militia forces suffered repeated defeat until Wayne formed, trained, and led a new force, winning the Battle of Fallen Timbers (in present-day Ohio) on August 20, 1794. The victory opened the vast Ohio country to settlement.