But what set [Baron von] Steuben apart from his contemporaries was his schooling under Frederick the Great, Prince Henry, and a dozen other general officers. He had learned from the best soldiers in the world how to gather and assess intelligence, how to read and exploit terrain, how to plan marches, camps, battles and entire campaigns. He gleaned more from his seventeen years in the Prussian military than most professional soldiers would in a lifetime. In the Seven Years’ War alone, he built up a record of professional education that none of his future comrades in the Continental Army — Horatio Gates, Charles Lee, the Baron Johann de Kalb, and Lafayette included — could match.
Rochambeau, comte de
Yorktown, VA — Includes Cape Henry Memorial and Yorktown Battlefield.» more »
Williamsburg, VA — This brick home was built in 1750 for Wythe, who was a lawyer, teacher of law, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.» more »
Washington, DC — Dedicated to Lafayette in 1824; at each corner is a statue of one foreign general who served in the war.» more »
Wethersfield, CT — Three separate homes comprising a single museum, including the homes of Silas Deane, a member of the Continental Congress, and Joseph Webb; Washington and Rochambeau met there to lay out strategy.» more »
Yorktown, VA — Site of the battle (1781) that effectively brought the Revolutionary War to an endIncludes Visitor Center and park ranger tours.
The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army (2008)