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Council considering 'Mad' Anthony Wayne Day in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne City Council is considering a measure to honor Fort Wayne's namesake with his own day.

Councilman Jason Arp on Tuesday evening will present a resolution to establish July 16 as General "Mad" Anthony Wayne Day in the city of Fort Wayne. 

The date is the date when, in 1779, Gen. Wayne led a night attack on a British camp at Stony Point, New York. The victory, fought only with bayonets, is believed to have saved the American fort at West Point from capture. George Washington was camped at the fort.

Gen. Wayne would go on to defeat British-led Native forces at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Maumee, Ohio, which led to the development of Fort Recovery and Fort Wayne. A year later, in 1795, he negotiated the Treaty of Greenville that secured most of Ohio to the United States.

City Council approved the resolution's introduction at Tuesday's meeting. They will discuss it at next week's council session.

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