General ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne will get his day in the Summit City. Tuesday night Fort Wayne City Council voted six to three in favor of establishing July 16th as General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Day.
Earlier this month Councilman Jason Arp presented a resolution to honor Fort Wayne’s namesake with his own day. On July 16, 1779, General 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 went 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.
During Tuesday night’s meeting there was some opposition to the resolution including Councilman Glynn Hines who was one of three councilmen who voted against it. Hines expressed concern that General Wayne forced the Miami and Shawnee Native Americans off their land and aided in the genocide of those races.
Councilman Arp said he expected some negative feedback.