Skip to comments.In 1809, a bizarre burial for a 'mad' general
Posted on 10/24/2009 9:08:53 AM PDT by Saije
As American colonists battled for independence, Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne captured a British fort in New York at midnight, earning a reputation as a brilliant strategist in the chaos of battle.
George Washington rode on horseback to congratulate him in person. Soldiers who noticed his reckless bravery gave him his nickname.
Later, the fiery leader trained a fearsome army outside of Pittsburgh in 1792, conquered the Indians and negotiated a treaty with them so the Northwest Territory could be settled.***
After he died at age 51 from an attack of gout, his body rested for 12 years in an oak coffin at Presque Isle, a peninsula off Lake Erie. In 1809, his only son, Isaac, journeyed 900 miles round-trip from Eastern Pennsylvania to Western Pennsylvania to return his father's remains to the family plot in Wayne, Chester County, at Old St. David's...Unable to face the exhumation, Isaac Wayne rested at a hotel while his famous father was dug up. The general's friend, Dr. J.C. Wallace, was amazed to find the general well preserved.
Embalming was not possible so Wallace dissected the body and boiled the flesh from the bones in an iron kettle.
..."Mad" Anthony Wayne, who distinguished himself in the American War for Independence and at the decisive Battle of Fallen Timbers, may be the only general buried in two places. His flesh remained in Western Pennsylvania while his bones were interred in his native Chester County soil, not far from his family's ancestral home, a Georgian mansion called Waynesborough.
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the burial of Wayne's remains near his family members. At noon, an honor guard of about 20 men, including Western Pennsylvania re-enactors, will carry a casket across the property of Old St. David's and stop at the churchyard gate.
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He’s not the only American General buried in two places. Stonewall Jackson is buried at VMI. His arm is buried near where it was amputated, complete, I believe, with casket and headstone.
According to the comic book, he is also an ancestor of Bruce “Batman” Wayne.
Fascinating history Ping
Probably would have flunked COO (Consideration of Others).
Good pickup. There probably are others. It wasn’t uncommon to bury the dead on or near the battlefield. Important personages, like general officers, might have a portion of their body (like their heart) preserved for a trip to the family plot.
It also occurs to me that General Dan Sickle’s leg, amputated by a Confederate cannonshot at Gettysburg, is at the Smithsonian Institute. Does that count?
Stonewall Jacksons Left Arm at Chancellorsville
Was it true, or only a rumor, that John Wayne (actor, of course)was related to him? I know that was only his professional name, but I think ‘Wayne’ was part of his real name too? I know one of his sons had the last name ‘Wayne’ also, so I believe they both could be related. I could be wrong, do you know?
I have a cousin named Anthony Wayne, after the general.
The Wayne remains stay twainly in PA.
Charles, go to your room!
Named in honor of General Anthony Wayne:
Wayne County, Kentucky
Wayne County, Pennsylvania
Wayne County, Georgia
Wayne County, Illinois
Wayne County, Indiana
Wayne County, Iowa
Wayne County, Michigan
Wayne County, Mississippi
Wayne County, Missouri
Wayne County, Nebraska
Wayne County, North Carolina
Wayne County, New York
Wayne County, Ohio
Wayne County, Tennessee
Wayne County, West Virginia
Wayne City, Illinois
Wayne Township, New Jersey
The Town of Waynesville, North Carolina
The Town of Waynesville, Missouri
The Town of Wayne, New York
The Town of Wayne, Oklahoma
The City of Waynesboro, Georgia
The City of Waynesboro, Mississippi
The City of Waynesboro, Tennessee
The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana
The City of Wayne, Michigan
The City of Wayne, Nebraska
The City of Waynesboro, Virginia
The Borough of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
The Borough of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
The Village of Waynesfield, Ohio
The Village of Wayne, Illinois
The Village of Waynesville, Illinois
The community of Wayne, Pennsylvania
The Village of Waynesville, Ohio
Wayne Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania
Wayne National Forest in Ohio
Mad Anthony Street, Millersburg, Ohio
Mad Anthony Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Anthony Wayne Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Anthony Wayne Trail, in Toledo, Ohio
(Anthony)Wayne Avenue, Ticonderoga, NY
Anthony Wayne Drive, in Detroit, Michigan
North & Souh Wayne Avenues in Lockland, Ohio
Anthony Wayne Elementary School in Defiance, Ohio
Anthony Wayne Elementary School in Franklin, Ohio
Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne in Detroit, Michigan
Anthony Wayne Recreation Area in Harriman State Park, New York
Anthony Wayne Suspension Bridge near downtown Toledo, Ohio
Wayne High School in Fort Wayne
Anthony Wayne School District in Whitehouse, Ohio, whose sports teams are known as the “Fighting Generals.”
The Anthony Wayne Movie Theater in Wayne, Pennsylvania
The former Anthony Wayne Bank in Fort Wayne
Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska
Wayne State University, Detroit
Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Michigan
Wayne Community Schools in Corydon, Iowa
Wayne High School, Huber Heights, Ohio
Wayne High School (Oklahoma), Wayne, Oklahoma
Waynesfield-Goshen Schools, Waynesfield, Ohio
Wayne Middle School Erie, Pennsylvania
Anthony Wayne Terrace Housing Association Baden, Pennsylvania
Anthony Wayne Middle School, in Wayne, New Jersey
Waynesboro High School , in Waynesboro,Virginia
Anthony Wayne Restaurant, defunct, in Wayne, New Jersey
Anthony Wayne Barber Shop in Maumee, Ohio
General Wayne Elementary School, in Paoli, Pennsylvania
Mad Anthony Ale, a product of the Erie Brewing Company
Mad Anthony Brewing Company, in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Wayne Corporation defunct school bus manufacturer, originally Wayne Agricultural Works, then Wayne Works
General Wayne Inn in Merion, Pennsylvania
Anthwyn Road Merion, Pennsylvania(across from the inn)
Major General Anthony Wayne, U.S. Army tug based at Southampton, UK
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, a basketball team in the NBA Development LeagueThe city (Fort Wayne, Indiana) is named in his honor, and the nickname (Mad Ants), in addition to winning the name-the-team contest, is a salute to his nickname (”Mad Anthony”)
Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
“December 20th 1943 (United States) The U.S. Navy establishes a Naval Air Training Command, at Pensacola, Florida. (Pacific) Admiral Nimitz, Commander in Chief, Pacific, issues final plans for the invasion of the Marshalls. The priorities: bombing Maloelap, Mille, and Wotje to neutralize their effectiveness; the destruction of Eniwetok Kusaie by Air; and the capture of Kwajalein Atoll. (Pacific-New Guinea) Allied plans for the further isolation of Rabaul now include the assault of Green Island as the next step toward total isolation. This decision is made at a meeting held at Port Moresby. In other activity, the 2nd Battalion, 158th Regiment, commanded by Lt. Colonel Fred Stofft is deployed in Finschhafen, guarding Headquarters, however, Company G is dispatched to Arawe to bolster the attack. A group of Americans (U.S.O.) had been visiting the troops and one man, Marion Morrison, requests permission to go to the front lines, however, Colonel Stofft, informs his old High School classmate that the answer is no! He notes: HE DIDNT KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO MAKE A CAREER OF THE ARMY ... BUT HE WAS DAMNED IF HE WOULD SEE IT SHOT DOWN BY BEING THE MAN WHO SENT JOHN WAYNE TO HIS DEATH.
Source Portrait of the Stars and Stripes volume II
According to his record during the American Revolution he would do extremely well in today’s army. Wayne is the general who terminated the conflict with the Indians after the latter inflicted the worst defeat of the U.S. Army in history. Also if you or anyone would like a copy of a biography on General Wayne, just send me an e-mail.
Also, with regard to his nickname “Mad Anthony” this might clear it up.
” It was during that period that General Wayne came to be known as Mad Anthony. An Irishman known as Jemy or the Commodore,harmless but with some mental problems, was sometimes utilized by General Wayne as a spy. Jemy had a knack also for becoming inebriated and causing a ruckus. He appeared at the jail just prior to the Yorktown campaign and the sergeant asked who sent him. Jemy responded,
The general. Afterward, Jemy inquired: Is the general
mad or in fun? And the sergeant responded that the general was very much displeased. That prompted Jemy to say: Anthony is mad. Farewell to you. Clear the coast for the Commodore, mad Anthonys friend. From that exchange, the term Mad Anthony spread far and wide from camp to camp, and the name stuck.”
Source: Leaders of The American Revolution, McFarland Publishing, Jefferson, North Carolina.
It's Wayne's World, Wayne's World, party time, excellent!
"Dr. Wallace, I'm not feeling all that well -- could you get out to Presque Isle and see what you can dig up about my Dad?"
and the second is his ghost's New Year's day ride every year searching for some of his missing bones:
Nicknamed 'Mad Anthony' by his troops for his fearlessness and quick temper, General Anthony Wayne of Radnor, Chester County, was one of the best tactical commanders of the American armed forces during the American Revolution.
He survived the war and died in Erie, Pennsylvania, on December 15 1796 while en route home from fighting Indians in Michigan. In accordance with his last wishes, he was buried beneath the blockhouse on Presque Isle. Thirteen years later, his son Isaac went to Erie to dig up the body and take it home for reburial in the family plot in Radnor also in Pennsylvania.
The people in Erie didn't want to have the body taken away so they compromised. They called in Dr James Wallace, who separated the bones from the flesh in a large vat. The general's flesh and clothing were reburied beneath the blockhouse and Isaac put the bones on a wagon and began the long journey home.
Legend has it that the road was bumpy, and that some of the bones fell out of the wagon, somewhere along the 385 mile trail that is today US Route 322. The rest of the general's remains were buried in a grave at St David's Churchyard in Chester County, but every New Year's morning, which is the General's birthday, his ghost rises from the grave and gallops from St David's and back in search of his bones.
The Anthony Wayne Hotel in Hamilton, Ohio.
A very nice building that has never done particularly well as a hotel. But its been there for many many years.
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