An Unlikely American Hero
The course of history could have been severely altered especially the outcome of the American Revolutionary War had it not been for one man. Frederick Von Steuben latter known as Baron Von Steuben. A Prussian whose arrival in the mists of the Revolutionary War was solely responsible in turning the tide of the war in favor of the colonial army. The timing couldn't have come at a more opportune moment. It was at Valley Forge where Von Steuben aligned himself with General Washington and began a lifelong service to the American cause.
A son of a Prussian military officer educated by Jesuit schools in Breslan Germany followed by service in the Prussian and Russian military achieving the rank of Lieutenant. Through his experiences in the military he acquired the knowledge that he used in his reforms of the colonial army. His counsel, advise, and implementation of all his reforms enabled the American military to finally gain the skills, the tactical means, and the training that eventually won the war for America's independence.
It was after his service in the Prussian military while looking for more opportunities Von Steuben met Benjamin Franklin in Paris, France. It was at this time that now Baron Von Steuben through Benjamin Franklin came to America. The timing of his arrival came just when the colonies needed him most. The Continental Congress quickly assigned him to come to the aid of General Washington where at Valley Forge the Continental Army was encamped. Instead of finding a well armed and organized military Barron Von Steuben found the colonial army in such disarray he immediately started to work with General Washington and Alexander Hamilton in the reorganization of the military. His experience in military maneuvers, training, and most importantly in securing the proper sanitation so that the military would not fall victim to the diseases that have handicapped the colonial army in the past because of lack of proper sanitation.
While at Valley Forge is where his greatest impact on the future outcome of the War was taking shape. Using his past experiences and knowledge of other nations military training he mobilized the colonial army through rigorous training and military discipline. It was through his quick action in this reorganization of the colonial army that saved the American military.
During this time Baron Von Steuben now a General thanks to George Washington wrote the military manual for the American Military. "The Regulations For Order and Discipline of The Troops of The United States" became the official manual for the American Military that today much of which is still used as the basis for all the Armed Forces in the United States.
His contribution to the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War is just as significant to the American success as the French navel intervention and blockade at Yorktown. Without either the United States would not have won the war for independence and history would have been completely changed. Baron Von Steuben an authentic American Hero.