General von Steuben and The Battle of Monmouth


It was June 28th, 1778.  The Continental Army had been trained for an extended period by General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben.  They knew what they were doing, why they were doing it, and followed orders well. Despite the oppressive and relentless heat, which was believed nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the Continental Army held, and the British withdrew during the night.  The drills von Steuben had them do at Valley Forge and beyond made them a match for the British, even though the battle was a difficult and protracted engagement that day.