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Training a Fighting Force

Upgrading the army's efficiency, morale, and discipline was as vital as getting supplies. The job of training fell to Baron Friedrich von Steuben. By March this skilled Prussian drillmaster tirelessly drilled and scolded the regiments into a more effective fighting force. Intensive daily training and von Steuben's forceful manner renewed the men's confidence in themselves and their ability to succeed.

Over the winter, the army changed dramatically. Slowly but steadily the soldiers' endurance, bravery, and sacrifices were rewarded. Increasing amounts of supplies and equipment came into camp. New troops arrived. Spring brought word of the French alliance with promises of military support. Now a stronger, dependable force, better-trained and hopeful of success, drilled on the Grand Parade.

Learn more about Valley Forge:

Why Valley Forge?
Setting Up Camp
Training a Fighting Force
Diversity of the Revolutionary Soldiers
Marching Out of Valley Forge
Visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park