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Upper Merion Township near Valley Forge in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Training for Victory

 
 
Training for Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
1. Training for Victory Marker
Inscription.  
Like a drill sergeant, Inspector General Friedrich von Steuben trains eyeball to eyeball with a company of Continentals. This model company must serve as an example to the rest of Washington’s army.

The Grand Parade, here at the center if the encampment, is the only terrain expansive enough for drilling massed brigades. In simulated battle, Steuben sends troops back and forth across rough ground, preparing for the impending campaign against the British.

“Fix…bayonets”
Steuben stressed bayonet drill. Before this time, the Americans had never been trained in close fighting. Yet bayonet charges decided the outcome of most battles in the 18th century.
 
Erected by Valley Forge National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 40° 6.184′ N, 75° 26.797′ W. Marker is near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. It is in Upper Merion Township. Marker
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is at the intersection of Valley Forge Road (Pennsylvania Route 23) and Inner Line Drive, on the right when traveling east on Valley Forge Road. Marker is on the auto tour road of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben (here, next to this marker); The Grand Parade (a few steps from this marker); Varnum’s Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Huntington’s Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Huntington’s Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Crowded and Very Sickly” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Varnum’s Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1st and 2nd Rhode Island Regiments (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Valley Forge.
 
More about this marker. Illustrations in the background of the marker and with the sidebar depict the training of the Continental Army.
 
Also see . . .  General von Steuben. National Park Service page detailing the contributions of General von Steuben. (Submitted on February 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Valley Forge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
2. Valley Forge Marker
Marker and von Steuben Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
3. Marker and von Steuben Statue
A statue of Baron Friendrich von Steubencan be seen in the photo in front of the Training for Victory Marker.
General Friedrich von Steuben image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
4. General Friedrich von Steuben
Baron von Steuben prepared the Continental Army for their next encounter with the British army, which would happen at the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey on June 28, 1778.
Detail of von Steuben statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
5. Detail of von Steuben statue
Plaque shows von Steuben drilling members of the Continental Army.
Closeup of von Steuben statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, February 22, 2007
6. Closeup of von Steuben statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,329 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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