The Good Baron was known as the "Drillmaster" of the American Army. In September 1777 he volunteered his services to Benjamin Franklin in Paris. His offer was accepted and the Baron sailed, reaching America on December 1, 1777. He then traveled to Washington's Headquarters located at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, arriving on February 23, 1778. The American Army up to this time had no uniformity in drill, discipline or maneuvers. During the Campaigns of 1776-1777 this had a detrimental effect. With few exceptions the American Army could not win in a "stand up" battle with the British Army in America. In 1777 the Americans had been driven from New York across New Jersey and into winter camp at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The Army had reached a low point both in numbers and morale....
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