Profession: Major General of the Continental Army
Why Famous: Credited with being one of the fathers of American military tactics and discipline, Baron von Steuben wrote Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, which remained the country's drill manual until the Civil War.
He served as George Washington's chief of staff in the latter stages of the Revolutionary War and was himself a major general and inspector general of the Continental Army.
- 1778-05-05 George Washington appoints Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben Inspector General of the Continental Army
- 1781-08-01 British army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia
- 1781-09-28 9,000 American and 7,000 French troops begin siege of Yorktown
- 1781-10-09 Americans under George Washington and the French under Comte de Rochambeau begin bombardment of Yorktown, the last battle of American Revolutionary War
- 1781-10-19 British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms of surrender to George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm, ending the US Revolutionary War