Baron von Steuben

Baron von Steuben commanded the maneuvers of the Continental Army when they paraded before the French Army at Verplanck’s Point. One French officer who saw the maneuvers wrote that he was “truly impressed” at the Continental Army’s appearance and discipline. Introduced to the Continental Army in the spring of 1778 at Valley Forge, Steuben’s training regulations increased the professionalism of the army.

Frederick William Augustus, Baron von Stueben
Painted by Charles Willson Peale
Oil and Canvas
Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park