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American Revolution

American Revolution

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The Revolution may be divided into two sharply contrasting periods: that which preceded the coming of Steuben, and that which followed. Faithful histories of the Revolution are filled with tirades upon the cowardice and utter worthlessness of the men that filled the ranks of our revolutionary armies. But the source material for these estimates comes from the period prior to the coming of Steuben. When Clinton landed at Kip’s Bay, in 1776, and the Americans ran, Washington belabored the panicky soldiers, and even a brigadier general, with his sword. Now, when these same men had learned to act together and could depend upon one another, they became heroes; and nothing more was heard about the “pusillanimous wretches.” As a result of Steuben’s training, they were, man for man, a match for the best British troops.