Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin Baron von Steuben was his name. He has become an exceptionally respected figure in European and American history. His services offered during the Revolution may be his most celebrated contributions today. Von Steuben played a critical role in training the American troops for battle during the Revolution and set the precedent for military practices today.
It is no mystery that Baron von Steuben’s background and support from family had influenced his many achievements in life. His father, husband of Elizabeth von Jagvodin, was a royal Prussian engineer and he traveled to many exotic places with his son. Steuben was born in the fortress town of Magdeburg (today’s Germany) on September 17, 1730 (Bergen County Historical Society 1). After his adolescent years, he joined the military and was ranked as a captain in the Prussian Army. Furthermore, Baron von Steuben was a prominent drill-master and this proved to be his illustrious forte (Hakim 117).
There were many foreign, but significant events in the life of von Steuben. First of all, he enlisted in the Prussian army as a lance-corporal in 1746 and became ranked as a captain. During the duration of the Seven Years’ War he was appointed a general staff officer and “aide-de-camp” to Frederick the Great in 1761. He was wounded while fulfilling this duty and was secured the position of Grand Marshall in the court of the Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen. A few years later in 1769, he was presented with Order of Fidelity, which is an honorary knighthood by the Margrove of Boden. Once introduced to Benjamin Franklin, he services transferred from Europe to America.
In 1777, Baron von Steuben served as a volunteer to Washington’s army. Throughout the next year he organized and trained the continental army (Bergen County Historical Society 1). He agreed to work for free with only his expenses covered until he proved himself worthy to George Washington...