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Baron Von Steuben's Revolutionary War Drill Manual: A Facsimile Reprint of the 1794 Edition (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor) Paperback – Facsimile, September 1, 1985

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  • Series: Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Facsimile, Reprint of the 1794 Edition edition (September 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486249344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486249346
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N McDonald, Eleventh PA Regiment on September 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This copy is a must have reference for any Revolutionary War reenactor or Eighteenth Century history enthusiast. It is an actual copy of the original printing. von Steuben is often called the Father of the modern Army, due to his contributions to our training readiness at Valley Forge encampment 1777-1778.([...]) Required reading for new recruits in the Continental Army of his excellency General George Washington!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Van Court VINE VOICE on September 23, 2007
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Von Steuben's drill manual is of extrordinary importance for several reasons.

At the shallowest level, it is a primary source for Revolutionary War and War of 1812 reenactors. For 34 years, (1778-1812) this was THE book for the U.S. Army, so any reenactor interested in this period should start here.

Pertaining to the history of the U.S. Army, this was the first manual, the first set of standards in place in the army. The first of anything sets the tone for later developments, and any serious research about the U.S. Army or Army doctrine should start here.

As an enduring framework, the "Instructions" section is still echoed in U.S. Army leadership doctrine. The roles, responsibilities, and relationships of officers and non-commissioned officers haven't changed that much, especially when compared to the changes in tactics and technology in the intervening centuries. A regimental commander's "first and greatest care" should be "the preservation of the soldiers health", "A captain cannot be too careful of the company the state has committed to his charge", "the discipline and order of a company" depend upon the non-commissioned officers. All these ideas ring true whether the army was outfited with flintlocks or thermal-sighted gas-operated selective fire rifles. This continuity is of tremendous value to the spirit of a successful army.

This manual was also the instrument of a military transformation for the U.S. Army. Von Steuben arrived at the Continental Army's encampment, and popular legend in the U.S. Army is that he was so shocked by the lack of discipline and disorder that he sat down and wrote the first copy of this manual that very night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Waters on February 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for the sole purpose of reviewing discipline in military organizations. Being an AF First Sergeant, it re-focused and validated many of the methods still used today. An excellent way to see how history can be a valuable tool in teaching and leading.

The only down side is the dry reading. The english language has progressed leaps and bounds since the Revolutionary War.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo on July 6, 2014
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I bought this book for my son who plans on joining the Marines.
As an Army veteran myself, it's always good to obviously gain insight on how and why we follow customs, courtesies and patterns as service members. Who could have been better suited at the time to bring his education and experience during the Revolutionary War but Baron von Steuben.
The book was new and delivered promptly. ^5
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This is an excellent mark-up reference but it is very different from the original. I don't like the illustrations in the book as they are incomplete (not as many as the original) and split between pages rather than the fold-outs from the originals. Since it is a copy, but not facsimile version, it would be nice if the letters were typed in modern script to make it easier to read. Overall, it is a good academic reference since the wording is virtually identical to originals.
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By James Southard on February 17, 2014
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I purchased this for my son, who is a history major in college. It's a great book that shows where Washington learned some of his military tactical education is the Revolutionary War. Nice book to add to a collection...
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