Monday, December 22, 2008

The "Homoerotic" Revolutionary War Drill Manual

FREDERICK WILLIAM AUGUSTUS,BARON VON STUEBEN (1730-1794) was invited by George Washington to discipline the ranks while encamped at Valley Forge. Many of the baron's recommendations and improvements where incorporated into Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States in 1779, written by Alexander Hamilton who was fluent in German and French, and was a necessaty for a German baron whose English was'nt very good! A cursory glance at the manual reveals many homoerotic passages describing the mens' drilling practices and excercizes.

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