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Historic Fort Wayne

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6325 West Jefferson
Detroit, MI 48209 United States
http://www.historicfortwaynecoalition.com/historical_insights.html

Originally built in 1845, Historic Fort Wayne, venue of the annual , was the principal Camp of Instruction for Michigan Volunteer Infantry and Artillery Troops During the Civil War. Fort Wayne was also the site of the billeting and training of Second Michigan Infantry private Franklin Thompson who was actually Sara Edmonds (Seelye), a woman who served disguised as a man for over two years.

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In 1840, at the point on the Detroit River closest to British Canada, the United States Army began surveying local farms for the placement of a new artillery post. A five point star fort was slated to have the most up to date cannon capable of firing on enemy sailing vessels and the Canadian shore. It would be named for General Anthony Wayne whose defeat of the British at Fallen Timbers in 1796 resulted in United States occupation of the Northwest Territories.

This new fort would be Detroit’s third, yet its first to be built by Americans. Fort Wayne was re-commissioned as an infantry garrison, but held no troops until the outbreak of the Civil War when the first Michigan soldiers reported for duty. Because of the new relationship with Britain, and later Canada, Fort Wayne never saw a shot fired in anger. Instead, the peaceful location became a primary induction center for Michigan troops entering battle in every U. S. conflict from the Civil War to Viet Nam.

Beginning in 1948, the Fort was slowly turned over to the City of Detroit parcel by parcel. Over the next 28 years, the city eventually came to own the entire property with the exception of nine acres still occupied by the Army Corps of Engineers. The property is now under the care of the City of Detroit Recreation Department, along with the assistance of our volunteer organization, Historic Fort Wayne Coalition.

Today you can visit the original 1848 limestone barracks building, 1845 star fort renovated in 1861, the restored Commanding Officers house, the Spanish-American War guard house, an ancient Native American burial mound, and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum. Now and throughout the years ahead, Fort Wayne is returning to prominence with exciting plans in the works. The preservation is underway!

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