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General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Mounted, 1794--single mounted figure

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General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Mounted, 1794

From 1792 to 1796, the United States Army was officially reorganized into combined arms units inspired by the classic Roman legions.  The Secretary of War, Henry Knox, and Major General Anthony Wayne, the commander of the Legion, had both begun their military educations with Julius Caesar’s Commentaries.  The parallels between the Roman Army’s campaigns in Gaul and the warfare on the North American frontier were significant.  With the recent disasters of 1790-91, an overhaul of the conventional organization of the small Federal army was thought to be best implemented with an increase in manpower.  Each regiment, now designated as a sub-legion, included infantry, riflemen, light dragoons, and artillery.

During the American Revolution, Brigadier General Anthony Wayne saw action at the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth.  He led the daring nighttime assault at the Battle of Stony Point and was wounded in action.  Wayne’s brash and fiery temperament made him a better tactician than strategist and earned him the nickname, “Mad.”  During the war, he was commended by General Washington in official papers and when in 1792, President Washington needed a general to run the newly created Legion of the United States, Wayne was appointed.  The two men had a mutual appreciation of Julius Caesar’s The Gallic Wars, and a like mind as to how a war on the frontier should be run.

Due to be released in NOVEMBER 2022.