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Author Lockhart, Paul Douglas, 1963-

Title The drillmaster of Valley Forge: the Baron de Steuben and the making of the American Army [Hoopla electronic resource] / Paul Lockhart.

Edition Unabridged.
Imprint [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2008.
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Description 1 online resource (1 audio file (720 min.)) : digital.
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Cast Read by Norman Dietz.
Summary The image of the Baron de Steuben training Washington's ragged, demoralized troops in the snow at Valley Forge is part of the iconography of our Revolutionary heritage, but most history fans know little more about this fascinating figure.In the first book on Steuben since 1937, Paul Lockhart, an expert on European military history, finally explains the significance of Steuben's military experience in Europe. Steeped in the traditions of the Prussian army of Frederick the Great-the most ruthlessly effective in Europe-he taught the soldiers of the Continental Army how to fight like Europeans. His guiding hand shaped the army that triumphed over the British at Monmouth, Stony Point, and Yorktown. And his influence did not end with the Revolution. Steuben was instrumental in creating West Point and in writing the "Blue Book"-the first official regulations of the American army. His principles have guided the American armed forces to this day.Steuben's life is also a classic immigrant story. A failure in midlife, he uprooted himself from his native Europe to seek one last chance at glory and fame in the New World. In America he managed to reinvent himself-making his background quite a bit more glamorous than it really was-but redeeming himself by his exceptional service and becoming, in a sense, the man he claimed to be.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794 -- Military leadership.
United States. Continental Army -- Drill and tactics.
Military art and science -- United States -- History -- 18th century. -- Sound recordings.
Valley Forge (Pa.) -- History, Military -- 18th century.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Campaigns.
Generals -- United States -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
United States. Continental Army -- Biography.
Prussians -- United States -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Participation, Prussian.
Added Author Dietz, Norman.
hoopla digital.
ISBN 9781400129683 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
1400129680 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Music No. MWT10756847
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