What made Anthony Wayne an "unlikely general"?

He was not President Washington's first choice to lead the army against the Indians in 1792.

A womanizer, heavy drinker, and spend-thrift who had suffered a physical and mental breakdown fighting in the last year of the American Revolution, he had just been removed from Congress for voter fraud.​​ But Washington took a chance on Wayne and​ the rest is history!

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, and Yale University Press; as well as bookstores in the USA on April 24, 2018, in the UK on May 15, 2018, and in a paperback edition on April 21, 2020.

A Scandalous General

LIVE on CSpan!

Watch my talk on Unlikely General:'Mad' Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America on C-Span's Cities Tour of Toledo, Ohio, Book TV, and American History TV on October 19 & 20, 2019.

Watch my talk on The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 16, 2015.


Guest Blogs


Check out my guest blogs on the "My Book, The Movie" blogspot for "Unlikely General." and for "Interrupted Odyssey."


Also check out my guest blog on "The Page 99 Test" blog site for "Unlikely General." and for "Interrupted Odyssey."


Here's one more blog I wrote about "Unlikely General" for the Yale University Press Blog.

Plus an essay on "Interrupted Odyssey" for the "What It Means To Be An American" maintained by Zocalo Public Square for the Smithsonian and Arizona State University.



March 2022


Planning is underway for a virtual talk & book discussion on Anthony Wayne, the "Unlikely General," on behalf of the Township of Wayne in Passaic County, New Jersey. Details, including links to the free event, to follow.



Mary Stockwell

April 2022

Will see you next year at the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio on The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians. Originally scheduled for October 2021 but now delayed until 2022 due to the Delta variant

See my picks for "Best Books" on

"The History of the American West."

LIVE on AM 760!

Listen to the podcast of my interview about Unlikely General: "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America on the Mike Slater Show on March 19, 2018 in San Diego.


My talk on Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S.Grant and the American Indians at the Fort Recovery Museum in Fort Recovery, Ohio has been postponed until next year. Originally scheduled for September 2021 but now delayed until 2022 due to the Delta variant. 


Unlikely General: Posted May 15, 2018  (UK release date). A top pick in Biography/Memoir at New in Books. Check out my author interview.


Looking forward to a talk & author meet-and-greet at noon on The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians and an evening lecture at 5:30 PM on Anthony Wayne, the "Unlikely General," for Muskingum County History at the John McIntire Library in Zanesville, Ohio