the Forge of Liberty
Army suffered defeats, brutal marches, and cruel winters. Baron von
Steuben told Washington that no European army
could have survived. Yet, survive it did to triumph in one of the
campaigns in history.
at the Forge”:
Fewer than 6,000 soldiers remained,
but they…had a new sense of purpose given them by a smiling, heavyset
officer… Baron von Steuben formed a model company with men from every
of the army. Thousands of soldiers gathered to watch Steuben drill his
company. Steuben occasionally stumbled over the English drill commands,
and his soldiers would go marching every which way while the red-faced
Steuben cursed and bellowed in a mixture of German, French, and
Fortunately, Steuben had a sense of humor and soon everyone would be
A little comedy was a great blessing in that bleak winter.
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