Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

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Birthday
17, 1730
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Nov 28, 1794 (64)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
17, 1730
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Nov 28, 1794 (64)

About

Military veteran who served as a Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. His book Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States was used as a drill manual by the U.S. military for more than three decades.

Before Fame

He enlisted in the Prussian Army at seventeen and served as a Lieutenant during the Seven Years War.

Trivia

Today, Von Steuben Day is celebrated in cities across the United States on or around his birthday, primarily by German-Americans.

Family Life

His father, Baron Wilhelm von Steuben, was a Royal Prussian Engineer.

Associated With

He served as the Chief of Staff under future U.S. President George Washington during the Revolutionary War.