Anthony Wayne and the Founding of the U.S. Army

Saturday, June 27, 2020 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fort Pitt Museum
$15 adult general admission | $10 students and History Center members | $5 members of the military | Register

Add to Calendar06/27/2020 11:00 AM06/27/2020 01:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkAnthony Wayne and the Founding of the U.S. ArmyIn commemoration of the U.S. Army’s 245th anniversary, the Fort Pitt Museum welcomes William Hogeland whose book, Autumn of the Black Snake, details the founding of the Army.Fort Pitt MuseumFort Pitt MuseumfalseMM/DD/YYYY

In commemoration of the U.S. Army’s 245th anniversary, the Fort Pitt Museum welcomes noted author and speaker William Hogeland whose book, “Autumn of the Black Snake,” details the founding of the U.S. Army.

In late 1791, a mighty confederation of indigenous nations, led by the Shawnee Blue Jacket and the Miami Little Turtle, carried out what would always stand as the greatest-ever Native military victory over the United States. When General Arthur St. Clair led troops and civilians into a surprise attack at a bend of the Wabash River, in what is now northwestern Ohio, almost all of the Americans were killed. Out of that disaster for the fledgling republic, President George Washington, Secretary at War Henry Knox, and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton developed and shepherded through the second U.S. Congress a bill forming the country’s first true national army. Washington then made one of his most controversial appointments: he gave General Anthony Wayne–known as “Mad Anthony” – the job of building the new army, from scratch, in Pittsburgh and invading what was then the American West.

In a lively talk, William Hogeland, author of “Autumn of the Black Snake: George Washington, Mad Anthony Wayne, and the Invasion that Opened the West,” brings to life both the backroom politics of passing the army bill in the capital and the hard-fought battles on contested ground across the Ohio River.


Admission to this Fort Pitt Speaker Series program is $15 for adults, $10 for students and History Center members, and $5 for members of the military. Please register in advance.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Online registration will close at the end of business on Friday, June 26. Any remaining registrations will be available for purchase on the day of the program on a first come, first served basis at the admissions desk.

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For more information, please contact Kathleen Lugarich at or 412-454-6418.