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VON STEUBEN'S REGULATIONS FOR THE ORDER AND DISCIPLINE OF THE TROOPS OF THE UNITED STATES One of the most important printed military works in American history, Gen. Friedrich von Steuben's Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States....To Which Are Added the United States Militia Act and the Militia Act of Massachusetts. Boston: Printed by David West and John West, 1794. With eight engraved plates (seven folding), 12mo. contemporary calf, and leather label gilt. Spine and covers worn, contents toned consistent with age, front flyleaf and two ownership signatures: "Oliver Jackson His book Bought at Boston in the Yeare 1796". A good copy of a later 18th-century edition of this important military manual written expressly for the use of American troops during the Revolutionary War. The German-born Steuben, well-trained in the highly disciplined military system developed under Frederick the Great, served as inspector general of the Continental Army. In this capacity, he wrote these regulations and orders from the Continental Congress. First published in 1779, the work became the standard text for the Continental Army and the U.S. Army into the early 19th century. It was these regulations, and Steuben's leadership, which turned the Continental Army from a rabble into a disciplined, organized fighting force.
Estimate $ 600-800

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