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Baron von Steuben

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Definition: Prussian soldier who knew a great deal about warfare and soldier training. He helped drill the American troops at Valley Forge during the terrible winter there. His two assistants in this matter were Alexander Hamilton, General George Washington's personal aide, and General Nathanael Greene. The soldiers emerged better trained and more capable of acting as an army, not just a collection of militiamen. In addition to instructing the soldiers in fighting, von Steuben also taught them better camp sanitation.

Related Resources:
Valley Forge National Historic Park
Modern-day national park commemorates the terrible winter survived by the American colonists. Site also contains some history of the events.

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More on Baron von Steuben
Find out more about this most helpful Prussian soldier.

Historic Valley Forge
Read new about the suffering the American colonists endured and the training they underwent, both of which made them tough, seasoned soldiers.

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