King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Training for Victory
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.
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.
Location. 40° 6.184′ N, 75° 26.797′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker 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. Touch for map. Marker is on the auto tour road of the Valley Forge National Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other 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 King of Prussia.
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.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,109 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.