Waynedale History

During WW II, the Army of the United States had a very unique unit among its ranks. The "Pack Artillery." At the outbreak of WW II, the U.S. army was totally unprepared to take on Hitler's fighting troops. The German army had trained for years to fight on the mountains and in the snow of Europe. Washington realized it needed a specialized unit of infantry and artillery to combat these troops. Consisting of hand-picked men, unlike the men of infantry, the "Pack" man had to be tall, strong and...

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At the beginning of 1790 George Washington made several more attempts at establishing a military presence at Kekionga (Fort Wayne). After War Chief Little Turtle totally defeated three of General Hamar's armies, in four years, President Washington sent General St. Clair towards Kekionga with about 1,600 men and eight artillery pieces. Little Turtle's scouts carefully monitored St. Claire's army while him and his son-in-law, William Wells trained approximately 1,400 Native American warriors in...

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"The Miami Nation," was presented to the Fort Wayne Quest Club on October 29, 1993 by William R. Clark, Jr: The Miami villages extended from the junction of the three rivers northeasterly along the St. Joseph River. The village on the eastern bank, current day Lakeside, was headed by Chief LaGris and that on the west bank by Chief Pecan. Pecan's sister, Tecumwah, was married to Frenchman Joseph Richardville. She and her husband collected tolls for use of the St. Mary's-Wabash portages. Her son...

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