Who was Major General Von Steuben?

During the time of the Revolutionary War, he volunteered to train the citizen-soldiers of George Washington’s Continental Army.  Arriving at Valley Forge in February 1778, he began drilling Washington’s near-starved and often-defeated troops using a simplified manual of arms.  By the spring of 1778, having shared the camp’s hardships, he had converted the previously undisciplined Americans into a highly skilled fighting force, able to hold their own against the British Regulars. For these reasons and many others, he was chosen as the patron of this German-American society over 96 years ago.