"Erected by the Congress of the United States to Frederick William Augustus Henry Ferdinand Baron von Steuben in grateful recognition of his services to the American people in their struggle for liberty. Born in Prussia September 17, 1730. Died in New York November 28, 1794. After serving as aide-de-camp to Frederick the Great of Prussia he offered his sword to the American colonies and was appointed Major General and Inspector General in the Continental Army. He gave military training and discipline to the citizen soldiers who achieved the independence of the United States."
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