Letters written in French by Maj. Steuben (1730-1794), who was a participant in the founding of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, the predecessor of Hamilton College.
Includes French transcriptions and English translations of thirteen letters.
Baron Friedrich Von Steuben was an officer in the French military but was sent to America to help Washington organize the army. He served under Washington at Valley Forge, rose to the position of Inspector-General of the Continental Army in 1778 and wrote the drill manual adopted by the Continental Army.
Digitization of this collection was done in-house at 600 dpi, 24-bit color and saved as uncompressed TIF images. CONTENTdm delivers JPEG2000 versions of the images.
The translations and transcriptions were provided by John A. Gallucci (professor of French at Colgate University) and students in French 292, New York/New France, Spring Semester 2005 at Hamilton College. Final Report
The English translations were encoded using the TEI guidelines, but because CONTENTdm is not capable of delivering TEI files itself we provide a link to the encoded version of each letter in the metadata field labeled "Encoded Text."
"I wish to thank Randall Ericson, Couper Librarian, Hamilton College, for his help and support for this project; Peter Macdonald, Library Information Systems Specialist, who created the images of the original letters; Katherine Collett, Archivist, was generous with her advice and time, and deciphered several difficult cases of the Baron's handwriting." John A. Gallucci, Associate Professor of French, Colgate University, and directory of the Baron Steuben letters project.
General von Steuben, by John McCauley Palmer (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1937)
The life of Frederick William von Stueben, by Frederich Kapp (New York: Mason Bros., 1859)
Lives of Baron Steuben, Sebastian Cabot, and William Eaton, edited by Jarred Sparks (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1844)
Steuben: the Baron and the town, edited by Mary Helen Eppright Jones and Lorena Start Jersen (Remsen, New York: The Remsen-Steuben Historical Society, 1994), 395 p.
Katherine Collett, Archivist
Telephone: (315) 859-4471
Hamilton College Archives
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Copyright © 2007-2010, The Trustees of Hamilton College. All rights reserved.