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Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

Major General of the Continental Army Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

Profession: Major General of the Continental Army

Nationality:
United States of America
American
Prussia
Prussian

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.

Born: September 17, 1730
Birthplace: Magdeberg, Duchy of Magdeberg
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: November 28, 1794 (aged 64)

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