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Prussian officer Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben developed a simplified system of drill and discipline during the Valley Forge encampment of 1777-1778 that helped to forge the Continental Army into an effective fighting force. First published in 1779, Baron von Steuben's "Regulations" remained the standard for the United States Army and state militia forces through the War of 1812. The English-born Eleazer Oswald, who issued this edition in Philadelphia in 1786, had served in the Continental Army throughout the Revolutionary War before returning to the printing trade.

Object Details

  • Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States
    Printed by Eleazer Oswald
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1786
    Paper, Ink, Leather
    Museum of the American Revolution
    2003.00.1503

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