Baron von Steuben Memorial - Washington, D.C.
N 38° 54.008 W 077° 02.265
18S E 323291 N 4307668
Quick Description: A statue/monument of Baron von Steuben stands in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 2/15/2008 11:24:08 AM
Waymark Code: WM35VH
Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben is one of four European military leaders who assisted the American cause during the Revolution honored with a statue in Lafayette Park just north of The White House in Washington, D.C. The public park is located directly north of the White House on H Street between 15th and 17th Streets NW. The monument was created in 1910, and the sculptor was Albert Jaegers.
According to information posted on the internet (visit link)
: "Baron von Steuben (1730-1794) served in the army of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, before arriving in the colonies at the time of the Revolutionary War. He trained the colonists in military procedure, tactics, and discipline, although he spoke no English. It is said that the Frenchman Pierre L'Enfant drew pictures of what von Steuben wanted the troops to do, which led to L'Enfant's introduction to Gen. Washington."
"After the war, von Steuben became an American citizen and was granted a pension by the Congress. At the rear of the pedestal of the statue appears a medallion with the images of von Steuben's aides-de-camp, William North and Benjamin Walker, to whom he left his property in New York on his death. A replica of the statue was presented to the Emperor of Germany as an acknowledgement of his gift to the United States of a statue of Frederick the Great."