Steuben Memorial State Historic Site

Steuben Memorial State Historic Site

Steuben Memorial State Historic Site

Steuben Memorial State Historic Site
Address:
9941 Starr Hill Road
City: Remsen
State: New York
ZIP: 13438
Region: North Country

The Steuben Memorial honors the "Drillmaster of the American Revolution," Baron von Steuben, whose valuable wartime services have been described as being second in importance only to those of George Washington. In 1777, Steuben volunteered his services to Benjamin Franklin to advise the ill-trained American army. At Valley Forge, he converted the ragged, starving army into an effective fighting force. His program greatly increased the morale and strengthened the army. He authored the "Blue Book," which still remains a basic reference for military training and organization.

After the war, Congress granted von Steuben a life annuity and New York State deeded him a large parcel of land in appreciation for his wartime contributions. He summered on his land in a two-room log house until his death in November 1794. Although in his will he requested an unmarked grave, in 1804, his remains were transferred to what is now known as the "Sacred Grove." An 1870 monument marks Baron von Steuben's final resting place.

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