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Statue of Major General Wilhelm von Steuben

Statue of Major General Wilhelm von Steuben

Photographer
Bruce White
Date of Work
April 18, 2013
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Photograph
Credit
White House Historical Association

Statue of Major General Wilhelm von Steuben

This photograph of Albert Jaegers' statue of Major General Wilhelm von Steuben was taken by Bruce White for the White House Historical Association on April 18, 2013.

This photograph of Albert Jaegers' statue of Major General Wilhelm von Steuben was taken by Bruce White for the White House Historical Association on April 18, 2013. The statue, installed in 1910, honors Revolutionary War hero Major General Wilhelm von Steuben of Prussia. The statue is on the northwest corner of Lafayette Park, near Decatur House. The inscription on the state is visible in the photograph and reads, "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 of the Continental Army. He gave military training and discipline to the citizen soldiers who achieved the independence of the United States." On each of the four corners of the park is a statue commemorating a foreign military leader who fought in the American Revolution.

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