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Baron von Steuben

Portrait of Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben


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 Prof. John Galluci's Final Report.

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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) (held by Hamilton College, E207.S8 P3)

  • The life of Frederick William von Steuben, by Frederich Kapp (New York: Mason Bros., 1859) (not held by Hamilton College - E207.S8 K33)

  • Baron von Steuben : major general, inspector general & drill master, Continental Army, by William North ; edited by G. Martin Sleeman (held by Hamilton College - E207.S8 N67 1990)

  • Lives of Baron Steuben, Sebastian Cabot, and William Eaton, edited by Jarred Sparks (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1844) (available on Hathi Trust)

  • 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. (available on Hathi Trust)


Katherine Collett, Archivist
Telephone: (315) 859-4471


Hamilton College Archives
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

(Reviewed: September 27, 2013)


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