(1730–94), American army officer; born in Prussia; full name Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben. He came to America in December 1777 and joined Washington at Valley Forge, where he introduced European methods of training and discipline. Appointed inspector general of the Continental Army 1778, he was instrumental in shaping American forces into a legitimate military force.
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Syllabification: Steu·ben, Friedrich von
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