Aide-de-Camp by Steve Payne
says: what if George Washington's aide-de-camp really was camp? Please
note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the
views of the author(s).
On February 23rd 1778,
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a fugitive from homophobic injustice
in his native Prussia,
first gay military hero
the Baron de Von Steuben (pictured) arrived in
Philadelphia, city of brotherly love, in the company of a handsome
seventeen year old male assistant employed as his secretary.
Less than one month later, Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin was
with attempting sexual intercourse with another soldier, John
Monhort. Only Von Steuben's principled intervention at the courtmartial
stopped Enslin from being drummed out of the Continental Army. And despite
the anti-same-sex legislation on the State's books, Washington was forced
into defining a radical new policy on "Gays in the Military" that was more
closely aligned to the enlightenment ideas driving the revolution itself.
Fortunately for the bedraggled militia at Valley Forge, Washington
recognised Von Steuben was a military genius. He would mould a powerful
force that against all the odds fought the British Army to a draw at the
Battle of Monmouth. In the final years of the war of independence, he
would serve as Washington's Chief of Staff. His ideas and techniques
remained the foundation of the U.S. military for the next century and a
half. In short, he was an indispensable individual second only to
Washington in terms of his contribution to the cause.
However the full truth of the Enslin affair was only revealed when
Captain Daniel Shays
interrupted Washington and Marquis de Lafayette locked in a passionate
embrace and headed for the mattresses.
says in reality Lieut. Frederick Gotthold Enslin was courtmartialed and
dismissed from the Continental Army. In a report dictated apparently by
Washington and copied out by his staff, the general's feelings are made
clear. "His Excellency the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and
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