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the reckless bravery of the American
soldier who fairly earned the title of
He commanded at Ticonderoga
until 1777, when!Jie was made brigadier-general
and joined Washington
in New Jersey.
He commanded the rear guard in
the retreat at Brandywine!
He captured supplies for the dis
tressed army at Valley Forge.
Ij.- He led the attack at Germantown!
But his greatest achievement was
Uf the storminer of Stonv Point!
The fort, situated at the King's
Perry on the Hudson, Btood upon a
rocky promintory which was an
island at high tide and could only be
reached, on land, by a causeway
across a narrow marsh, at low tide.
On May 30, 1779, the British took
possession of it, garrisoning it with
a regiment of soldiers, some grena
diers and artillery. Lieut. Col. John
son was in charge.
When the word was passed among
the American forces that the fort
must be taken, General Wayne an
nounced that he would take it by
The greater the difficulties to over
come the happier and more enthus
iastic was "Mad" Anthony.
He husbanded his forces. He
studied the lay of the land. He fig
ured out his plan of attack.
Undaunted, trusting to his power
to lead men into the thick of the fir
ing and win, in spite of all odds, he
started through the mountains, with
the Massachusetts light infantry. He
marched all that day till 8 in the
evening. Then within a mile and a
half of the fort he stopped and ren
dezvoused. He decided to wait until midnight.
Every soldier was in his place and
anxious to act. But the eye and the
voice of Wayne kept them quiet and
at their appointed places.'
The hour of midnight struck.
"Ready," said "Mad" Anthony. And
they were off!
A part of the troops crossed the
causeway and formed two columns.
With unloaded guns and fixed bay
onets, simultaneously, they moved to
the attack from two different points,
followed by two main divisions, the
left led by Generay Wayne.
Not until within pistol shot were
the Americans discovered!
The pickets fired, but the ad
vanced guard pressed forward with
The garrison was aroused with the
cry of "To arms, to arms!" But it
was too late.
Soon there was the deafening rat
tle of musketry and the roar of can
non! Still the Americans forced their
way forward until the van of each
column met in the center.
General Wayne, always in the lead,
had been hit on the head and stun
ned, but he soon recovered.
The determined onslaught of the
Americans was too terrible to with
stand. The garrison hauled down its
flag, and Wayne wrote to Washing
ton: "Stony Point, 16 July, 1779, 2 a. m.
Dear General: The fort and gar
rison, with Colonel Johnson, are ours.
Our officers and men behaved like
men determined to be free."
The capture of Stony 'Point was
considered one of the most important
and one pi the greatest achievements
of the war..
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