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Baron von Steuben was a German-born officer in the Prussian army who volunteered his services in the Continental army. His "blue book" and training methods revolutionized the American army's methods.

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GENERAL FRIEDRICH WILHELM VON STEUBEN''S SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI MEDAL

Baron von Steuben (portrait by Ralph Earl), is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army in teaching them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines (Valley Forge in the Winter 1778).

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Baron von Steuben was a Prussian officer who was recruited by Franklin to join the Continental army in 1777. He spent the winter at Valley Forge training Washington’s army and led them at the battle of Monmouth. The training in bayonet usage proved pivotal in the Stony Point battle. His work was indispensible to Washington’s effort, earning Von Steuben the position of Inspector General. In retirement he helped found the Society of Cincinnati.

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Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben - American Revolutionary War General. Born in Magdeburg, Germany, he arrived in America in 1778, to aid the nation in its fight for independence. A former Prussian Army officer, he offered his services to General George Washington and was appointed by Congress Inspector General of the Army, to train the unorganized soldiers.

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