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Valley Forge National Historical Park

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Like a drill sergeant, Inspector General Friedrich von Stuben trains eyeball to eyeball with a company of Contientals. This model comany must serve as an example to the rest of Washington's army.
The Grand Parade is the ony 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.
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