1841 : U.S. Congress Appropriates Money to Build Fort Wayne

August 4, 2018 all-day

Historic Fort Wayne painting by Tim Kurtz

On August 4, 1841, an act of the U.S. Congress appropriated $50,000 to build a new fort in accordance with the Army’s Great Lakes Defense Plan. The fort would support ground force operations, control the strategically important Detroit River and protect Detroit. In 1849, an Army order named the site Fort Wayne, in honor of General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, who distinguished himself in both the Revolutionary War and at the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers (which essentially eliminated British power on U.S. soil).

Sources :

Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page.

Fort Wayne wikipedia entry

Uniquely Detroit : Historic Fort Wayne

Colonial Days at Historic Fort Wayne, June 2013

War of 1812 Reenactment at Historic Fort Wayne

Civil War Days 2012 at Fort Wayne.

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