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    Baron von Steuben Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages including integral address leaf, written on first page only, 7.5" x 9", Fort Plain, September 8, circa 1794. Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben was a German-Prussian army officer who served as inspector general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with teaching the Continental Army the essentials of military drill and discipline, thus helping to guide it to victory. He wrote the book that became the standard United States drill manual until the War of 1812, and essentially served as General George Washington's chief of staff in the final years of the war. Following the war, Steuben became an American citizen and resigned from service in 1784.

    This charming letter, penned in French, is directed to William North, von Steuben's war aide-de-camp and heir. In the letter, von Steuben directs North to remain in New York working with Mayor Duane, despite von Steuben's wish to see North again. He also discusses a proposed visit to German Flats, and mentions Peter Schuyler. Sadly, von Steuben died shortly after sending this letter to his friend, and the bulk of Baron Steuben's property was bequeathed to General North. Letter is quite attractive, with mild overall age toning and a few small areas of foxing. Address leaf has been professionally strengthened at edges and repaired a seal tear. A rare and desirable item in fine condition.


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