Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse
General Anthony Wayne
Who Died Here Dec. 15th, 1796
Location. 42° 8.404′ N, 80° 4.46′ W. Marker is in Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Ash Street 0.2 miles from East 3rd Street, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Erie PA 16507, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Avenue of Flags (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to Those in Northwestern PA. Wounded in All Wars (approx. 0.2 miles away); The U.S. Navy Seabee Veterans of America (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Fort (approx. 0.3 miles away); Erie Heritage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Erie Area Native Americans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Presque Isle (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort de la Presqu'ile (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
More about this marker. To view this historical marker drive north on Ash Street until it ends at the entrance of the Soldiers and Sailors Home. Proceed through the entrance, onto the grounds of this facility, and bear to your left on the facility's service road. This road will lead you to the facility's gated cemetery. Do not enter
Regarding General Anthony Wayne Blockhouse. On December 15, 1796 General "mad" Anthony Wayne died and was buried at the foot of the flag pole at Fort Presqu'Isle. In 1853 the abandoned fortification was burned down and the land around it leveled. The gravesite of General Wayne was lost until rediscovered again in 1878. In 1880 the state of Pennsylvania built a replica of the fort's blockhouse over the re-discovered grave of General Wayne and called it the Wayne Blockhouse.
The story of Major General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, Revolutionary War hero and Commander-in-Chief of the American Army, being buried in two separate locations nearly 400 miles apart, is truly strange, but true. The Wayne Blockhouse is the original location after his death in 1796, and the place where his flesh was buried after his remains were dismembered and the flesh boiled off of his bones in 1809. The rest of General "Mad" Anthony Wayne was buried at St. David's Church, in Radnor, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.
Also see . . .
1. Anthony Wayne. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," (Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Wikipedia entry for Anthony Wayne. (Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
3. Wayne Buried in Two Places. This web link was published by Paoli Battlefield Historical Park. (Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
4. Where Mad Anthony Wayne Died. This site is published by RoadsideAmerica.com as part of their guide to offbeat tourist attractions. (Submitted on January 16, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Military • Notable Persons • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian •
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