200@200 : January — Iconic Fort Wayne
Date:
Late 1700s
Title:
General Anthony Wayne's Field Bed
Description:
Our City's Namesake: General Anthony Wayne (1745—1796)

General Anthony Wayne came to the confluence of the three rivers on orders from President George Washington to build a fort that would one day bear his name. The dedication of that fort on October 22, 1794 is recognized as our city's birthday.

During his career, he earned the moniker "Mad Anthony Wayne" for his risky military tactics. It was during Wayne's campaign that the American Indians were eventually defeated and the Northwest Territory was opened for American settlement.

Wayne used this camp bed during the Revolutionary War and in the Northwest Territory from 1792—1796. Folding camp beds like this one were used by military officers such as Anthony Wayne and George Washington in the 18th century. The bed is built to support a canvas mattress and a canopy hung on the upper frame to keep out mosquitos and drafts. It is easily portable with a removable canopy structure and hinges on the legs and bed frame. The bed collapses to 42" x 23" x 11" which is about the size of a large suitcase.
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