Von Steuben


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GENERAL FRIEDRICH WILHELM AUGUST VON STEUBEN

The “von” was added to the STEUBEN family name in 1708, by grandfather Augustin Steuben who was a minister with the German Reformed Church. Steuben was baptised with the name “Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben” which he changed to “Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand.” The title of Baron was awarded to him in 1764, after he became chamberlain at the petty court of Hohenzollern-Hechingen. He had already been in military service, having been dismissed, reasons unknown, in 1763, with the rank of Captain.

Steuben came to the colonies, after presenting his credentials to Benjamin Franklin in France. He had royal connections in his homeland and had been part of the General Staff during the Seven Years War. He even served diplomatically in Russia. His military experience had been significant enough to greatly improve the quality of the Continental Army after Valley Forge.

It is always a wonder to find our own American patriots of the Revolution honored also in lands far across the sea.  Of course, it should be thus, as it was the Revolution that “fired the shot heard ’round the world.” If I am reading the German writing correctly, this statue of the great patriot general of the American Revolution is located in Potsdam, Germany.

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The image, Steuben-Denkmal, is subject to copyright by SteffenKahl. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.

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2 Responses to Von Steuben

  1. Phil Dacon says:

    Attention up conservative Americans…….GENERAL FRIEDRICH WILHELM AUGUST VON STEUBEN
    the father of the American military was one of the greatest military stratagist of his era was gay and did not hide the fact when he and his lover/parter came here. His aide-de-camp Benjamin Walker was ask gay…along with Lafayette whose love letters to George Washington (recently revealed) confirm a very intimate relationship.
    Alexander Hamilton and his long time lover Captain John Laurens died in battle becoming the first known gay American hero. Their love letters are blatant and still exist.

        George Washington, in all probability, was the first American leader to offer domestic partner support for a same-sex couple. During the winter hardships at Valley Forge, General Washington made sure that two same-sex couples had access to housing when it was at its greatest premium.

    • neddy says:

      Phil Dacon — You are illuminating another facet of the Homosexual Agenda – the Rewriting of History. These American heroes you are attempting to defame were fighting for the blessings of liberty and freedom for all of mankind, not for self-absorbed ignoble predilections as you ascribe to our Founders.

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