Will second time be the charm for effort to create ‘Anthony Wayne Day’?

Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne enjoys a prominent place in Freimann Square downtown. Now a Cty Councilman wants to name a day in his honor, too. (News-Sentinel.com file photo by Kevin Leininger)
Jason Arp

More than a year after it was first proposed, a City Councilman will try again to establish a day dedicated to the memory of Fort Wayne’s founder and namesake.

The resolution to be considered Tuesday is sponsored by Jason Arp, R-4th, and would proclaim each July 16th as Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne Day to commemorate his successful “bayonets-only night attack on a British Camp at Stoney Point, N.Y. on July 16, 1779. It is likely that this victory saved the American fort at West Point, where Gen. George Washington was encamped.” Wayne led a 30-minute charge that left more than 600 of the enemy captured or dead and, following the battle, wrote a letter to Commander-in-Chief Washington proclaiming that “Your officers and men behaved like men determined to be free.”

The commanding officer of the U.S. Army from 1792 to 1796, Wayne is best known in northeast Indiana for defeating the British-led forces under Chief Blue Jacket at the Battle of Fallen Timbers along the Maumee River, allowing the establishment of Fort Recovery, Ohio, and Fort Wayne in 1794.

A similar resolution was introduced in September 2017 and later withdrawn, but not before generating some resistance, especially for his treatment of Native Americans. Local filmmaker Terry Doran, for example, noted that Wayne also owned slaves and called Wayne a racist whose statue should be removed from Freimann Square.

“I don’t understand why Americans continue to prop these people up,” Doran said at the time.

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