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The Drillmaster of Valley Forge

The Baron De Steuben And The Making Of The American Army

By Paul Douglas Lockhart, 1963-

The image of the Baron de Steuben training Washington's ragged, demoralized troops in the snow at Valley Forge is part of the iconography of our Revolutionary heritage, but most history fans know little more about this fascinating figure.

In the first book on Steuben since 1937, Paul Lockhart, an expert in European military history, finally explains the significance of Steuben's military experience in Europe. Steeped in the traditions of the Prussian army of Frederick the Great—the most ruthlessly effective in Europe—he taught the soldiers of the Continental Army how to fight like Europeans. His guiding hand shaped the army that triumphed over the British at Monmouth, Stony Point, and Yorktown. And his influence did not end with the Revolution. Steuben was instrumental in creating West Point, and in writing the "Blue Book"—the first official regulations of the American army. His principles have guided the American armed forces to this day.

Steuben's life is also a classic immigrant story. A failure in midlife, he uprooted himself from his native Europe to seek one last chance at glory and fame in the New World. In America he managed to reinvent himself—making his background quite a bit more glamorous than was the reality—but redeeming himself by his exceptional service and becoming, in a sense, the man he claimed to be.

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Format: Book
Author: Lockhart, Paul Douglas, 1963-
Title: The drillmaster of Valley Forge : the Baron de Steuben and the making of the American Army / Paul Lockhart.
Publisher Date: [Washington, D.C.] : Smithsonian Books ; New York, NY : Collins, c2008.
Subject: Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794 -- Military leadership. United States. Continental Army -- Drill and tactics. United States. Continental Army -- Biography. Military art and science -- United States -- History -- 18th century Generals -- United States -- Biography Prussians -- United States -- Biography. Valley Forge (Pa.) -- History, Military -- 18th century. United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Campaigns United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Participation, Prussian.
Isbn: 9780061451638 (alk. paper) 0061451630 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: B Steuben
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Bib Id: 300657

Format: Book
Author: Lockhart, Paul Douglas, 1963-
Title: The drillmaster of Valley Forge : the Baron de Steuben and the making of the American Army / Paul Lockhart.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: [Washington, D.C.] : Smithsonian Books ; New York, NY : Collins, c2008.
Description: viii, 337 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794 -- Military leadership.
Subjects: United States. Continental Army -- Drill and tactics.
Subjects: United States. Continental Army -- Biography.
Subjects: Military art and science -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Subjects: Generals -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Prussians -- United States -- Biography.
Subjects: Valley Forge (Pa.) -- History, Military -- 18th century.
Subjects: United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Campaigns
Subjects: United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Participation, Prussian.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-319) and index.
LCCN: 2008013761
ISBN: 9780061451638 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0061451630 (alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 1
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Call Number: B Steuben