Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm von
|Birthname||Frederick William Augustus Henry Ferdinand Steuben|
|born on||17 September 1730 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )|
|Place||Magdeburg, Germany, 52n07, 11e38|
|Timezone||LMT m11e38 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||24°28' 29°48 Asc. 21°02'|
Prussian-born American military officer, also referred to as the Baron von Steuben.
He served as inspector general and Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army in teaching them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. He wrote the Revolutionary War Drill Manual, the book that served as the standard United States drill manual until the War of 1812. He served as General George Washington's chief of staff in the final years of the war.
He died on November 28, 1794.
Sy Scholfield quotes John McAuley Palmer's book, "General von Steuben" (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1937): "ON the pedestal of the Steuben monument in Washington [DC], it is inscribed that Frederick William Augustus Henry Ferdinand, Baron von Steuben, was born on November 15, 1730. ... [however] ... we now know that Steuben was born on September 17, 1730 ... [according to] ... a photograph from the baptismal register of the old German Reformed Church in Magdeburg ... [and that] ... In 1786, on his fifty-sixth birthday, [Steuben] wrote a letter, in French, to his young American friend and former aide-de-camp, William North. The opening paragraph of this letter is translated as follows: On the seventeenth of September, 1730, at six o'clock in the evening, there was born at Magdeburg, Frederick William Augustus, etc., etc., etc."
- Vocation : Military : Military career