Military History

Fort Wayne, Indiana has a very rich and storied military history going back hundreds of years. At some point before recorded history, native tribes vied for control of the Three Rivers area for the same reasons that European powers would come to value it – access to the Wabash and Maumee River basins for ease of trade. A Miami Indian town was eventually established here known as Kekionga – which grew to become the capital city of the Miami. Other tribes such as the Delaware and Shawnee also established towns near the three rivers and in time, the Europeans came to establish trade networks.

It was because of its importance as a trading hub and for control of the three rivers, that the French, English, and Americans would all build military installations and trading posts at the Three Rivers. This led to several military confrontations between the native tribes and their would-be suitors. Below we’ll attempt to describe some of those encounters for our readers, and do so as objectively as possible with equal attention given to the native tribes who were eventually pushed out of Fort Wayne, to our collective loss.

February 21, 2022

George Washington’s Most Earnest Desire for the United States – to Command the Rivers at Fort Wayne

In 1778, Cartographer Thomas Hutchins published a map that would become a personal favorite of our nations first President, George Washington. The work entitled “ A […]
December 15, 2021

Congress Investigates Josiah Harmar for his Defeat at Kekionga (Fort Wayne)

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: The First Congressional Investigation: Congressional Investigations are commonplace these days – but the very first Congressional Investigation was of the George Washington Administration in […]
December 15, 2021

Anthony Wayne builds his Fort at Fort Wayne

Shortly after Wayne’s arrival at the three rivers in present day Fort Wayne, a site was selected on the South side of the Maumee River (opposite […]
December 15, 2021

Anthony Wayne’s Congressional Gold Medal

Since the American Revolution, Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements. Each medal honors a particular individual, institution, […]
December 15, 2021

The Old Apple Tree

In keeping with the Johnny Appleseed festival in Fort Wayne – it seems appropriate to mention the Old Apple Tree that stood witness to many years […]
December 15, 2021

A Narrative of Hardin’s Defeat: October 19, 1790

It is Monday, October 19, 1790. Colonel John Hardin commanding 180 Kentucky Milita and a small force of 30 Regulars is given an order by Commanding […]
December 15, 2021

A Narrative of Hartshorn’s Defeat: October 20, 1790

It is Tuesday, October 20, 1790. Commanding General Josiah Harmar is now fully informed of the previous days losses under John Hardin. Harmar now determines to […]
December 15, 2021

A Narrative of Harmar’s Defeat: October 22nd, 1790

It is Friday, October 22nd, 1790.The United States Army under Josiah Harmar is now encamped at one of the Shawnee towns on the Maumee known as […]
December 15, 2021

Harmar’s Court Martial: The Deposition of Captain John Armstrong

The deposition of Captain John Armstrong, US Army Commanding 30 Regulars at Hardin’s Defeat October 19, 1790 in present day Eel River Township, Allen County, Indiana […]
December 15, 2021

A Brief History of the 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Civil War Regiment – from Fort Wayne, Indiana

The 44th Indiana Volunteer Infantry was a Civil War regiment raised at Fort Wayne, Indiana in November 1861 by order of Governor Oliver P Morton. Readers […]