Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794

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Birth 1730-09-17
Death 1794-11-28
Americans
English, French

Biographical notes:

Prussian army officer who trained the American forces during the American Revolution.

From the description of Letter, February 28, 1781. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 436785682

Prussian army officer, volunteered service to United States in Revolution; as Inspector General of Continental Army introduced drilling procedures and directed reorganization; later assisted in plans for national defense.

From the description of LS : to the president of Congress (John Hanson), [ca. 1782 July]. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122525090

General of the American Revolution.

From the description of Letter signed : Williamsburg, to General Greene, 1781 Nov. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270580954

From the description of Letter signed : Williamsburg, 1781 Sept. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270580950

Continental Army officer.

From the description of Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von Steuben, papers, 1782-1786. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980529

Steuben was German-born, came to the American colonies after meeting Benjamin Franklin in Paris in 1777, and was credited with bringing military discipline and skill to the American Revolutionary Army. At the conclusion of the U.S. Revolutionary War he settled permanently in the U.S., was granted citizenship, and eventually settled in upper New York State. General Benjamin Walker was one of two individuals who inherited Steuben's estate.

From the description of [Letter, 1788] juin 8, Schenectady, [N.Y., to] Walker / Steuben. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 437427453

Army officer.

From the description of Papers of Baron von Steuben, 1777-1794. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71071561

Continental Army officer; reformer of its organization and discipline.

From the description of Correspondence and papers, 1778-1794 (bulk 1779-1781). (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58779156

From the description of Papers, 1778-1792. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 58778809

Prussian army officer, volunteered service to the United States in the Revolution; as Inspector General of the Continental Army he introduced drilling procedures and directed reorganization, and later assisted in plans for national defense. After the Revolution he settled in New York City and in 1786 the state of New York granted him 16,000 acres near Utica.

From the description of Account : New York, N.Y., 1791 Nov. 5. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 145506962

Steuben was a Prussian professional soldier and military expert. During the American Revolution, he served as inspector general of the Continental Army. After the Revolution, he became an American citizen and settled in New York. William North and Benjamin Walker were Steuben's aides-de-camp in the Continental Army and became heirs and executors of his estate.

From the description of Letters : to William North, 1786-1790. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702148318

From the description of Letters : to William North, 1786-1790. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79602419

Steuben served as Major General Inspector General of the Continental Army.

From the description of DS, 1778 August 15. : Account of Money paid for Baron Steuben. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 14040098

Prussian army officer, volunteered service to the United States during the Revolution. As inspector general of the Continental Army he introduced drilling procedures and directed reorganization, and later assisted in plans for the national defense. Steuben never married, but adopted and made heirs of his American aides-de-camp, William North and Benjamin Walker.

From the description of ALS : New York, N.Y., to William North, Duanesburg, N.Y., 1788 Sept. 22. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122475305

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  • Drill and minor tactics

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