National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Papers of General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, 1777–1794

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Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus, Baron von Steuben (detail), Yale University Art Gallery


(Microfilm Edition)

University of Pennsylvania

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Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730 –1794) was a Prussian-born military officer who served as inspector general and Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.  He is credited with teaching them soldiers the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines.  He wrote the Revolutionary War Drill Manual, the book that served as the standard United States drill manual until the War of 1812. He also served as General George Washington's chief of staff in the final years of the war.  This collection contains nearly 4,000 documents from more than 100 institutional sources in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. The papers cover von Steuben’s years in America and include correspondence, legal reports, and dispatches to Congress and state legislatures.  Translation abstracts for materials not in English are provided.

7 reels, 160-page guide/index

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