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Baron Von Steinbach Pulaski

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BARONVONST};INllACHPULA0KI
Our
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ami
Iy
nM18."overthere"iiilBaronvonSteinbachPulaski.WhenI
Land
ed
(m
Alllel'iCa!'lsoilin
1876,
Idroppedalltrimmingsandcalledmy-selfJohnStinebaugh,anAmerican.I\Wasbornon
May
15.
185.9
incastl'li'Kammer,4milesfromBerlin,theGermancapital.Tha.tcastlebelongedtomyGr-andmoher,onmyfather,sBide.Myfatherwa.,acapta
i
ninthePrussicnGUeJ'd.There
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Germanytllen.ItwasthekingdomofPrussia.(Atthispoint,thereisapiecetornoutofthecopy,soIshalltypewhatseemstobecorrect.)WhenIwastwoyearsold,myfatber'WaSinvolvedin
a
duelwithanotherofficeroftheFrussionGuard.Forpoliticalreasons,hewascID1iledandcarnetoAmericain
1861.
InAmerica,theelvalWarwasb~'e:inning.He;foughtinitasaconfed.eratecaptain,CaptainPulaskeandlaterColonelAlbertPulaski.Hehadquitear-eput.a
t
i
on,HediedinNebraskain
1886.
He'Wasthenamus
i
cteacheratHarvardUniversity.IneversayJhimafterIcamehere.Mymother,s
f
amr
Ly
",ere
Fr<'"C~i.
The;)'livedinthep;rincipalityof
Luxemburg,
asmallcountrybet.veenFranceandGermany.ThereiswhereImademyhorne
w
i
thmygrandfatherbefore
going
tomillta,ryschool.Mygr-andfat.ne.rheldahighposition;i.nthegovernment.Oneofhi·sbrothersfoughtwithNapoleonatWaterlooandrecHivedapensionfromFranceuntilhisdeath.Mygrandfathertookcar-e.oftwochildren,myee
Lf
andasister,
My
sisternlar:dedanofficerintheGerrowl
Army.
Hillname
,i;J.'"
Bayman,c,fEnglishdescent.\ilhenthe,WorldWarbr-okeout,hewascommanderofche3dGermanArtillery-withtherankofColonelandwaskilledintheba.tt.LeofTannElDburgagainsttheP.russians.
My
motherdiedin.
1877.
IrecievedmyfirsteducationintheGymnaSi/atBirkenfeld.IenteredthatschoolwhenIwas
s-rvun
yearsold.!leforethattime,Irece·ivcdprivateinstructions.Insuchschoolsthereare'ninegrtt.r]t-!~;.Theyare
nut
freeschools.These
E';rad~;~
a:r
Cl\(.lllH;:'U
inLa
tin.;.
Seata,du
i
nt.a,duanta,Tertia,SecundaandPrima.TheCOUL'seprovidesfort.woye<iI"iinTertiaand-twoyearsinSecunda.Theotherc
Las
ues
y';"
couldtakeinoneyear,providedyoucouldpassthe
cxam.l.na
t.i
on,
 
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(2)
IntheseechooleLatinill
t
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t
f'r
on.
thefirstday.Frenchwastuue;htasregularasEnglishandGerman.Religionwasalsoaregularstudy.EachschoolhadaLutheranandaCatholicpriestorpreacherinstructor.Youcouldtakeyourchoicebutthatchoiceoncetakencouldnotbechanged.WhenIwasreallytoentertheTertiaandwastheneLevenyearsold,in1870,mymothers
(\OlQi
ti
on,soIsuppose,pramtedhertogivemeamilitarycareer.Thatambition
ae--med
tohavebeunafamilyweakness.Sosheenteredmeinthepreparatorymilitaryschool,forofficerschildren,atO;rallienstein',ThiswasthepreparatoryschoolbeforeonecouldenterthemainaccademyatLichterfe~d,nearBerlin,the~ermanWestPoint.Intheseofficertrainingschools,thereisnoexpensetotbesonsofmilitaryof'fi.cezs,presentorpast.Someofcivilianparentsmuatpayde~ly.Schoolsgoonfort\Nelvemonthsintheyear.Vacationsa:r:etwovecksatChristmas,tendaysatEasterandallofJuly.Thebalanceoftheyearthecadet·iaawayfromhome,parentsandfireside,.EachcadetreceivesfourcompleteunifQrm~forSUIDmerandwinter.HereceivedDoardandlodging,hospitalandmedicalattention,allwithouteJ!;pensetotheparents.Schoolisonlyinthemornings,
.
'
~
Intheeveningsthereareathleticfeatures,marchingaJlddrilLing,swimmingaJlddancinglesson:;;.Coffeewasonlys8rvedontheEmperorsbirthday.Themealsweresomewhatfrugal.TherewerefIveoftheseschoolsin.theEmpire.CatholicboysandLutheranboys\Nentindifferentschoolsbutinthemainacademythelinewasnotdrawn.Eachschoolwasdividedintotwocompanies.Eachcompanyateandsleptinacommonroom./TheydidnotmixandmingleexceptontheplaygroUn\.Eachd
ayr-oom
wasoccupiedbyabouttenboysandbetwet'HtworoomsaLi.eutunan
t
hadaroom,withaglass\Nindolllinthedoor.Allmarchedtotheirschoo.Lroomatogether,alsototheirdiningtablesandthe,,;irbedrooms.Bedtimewasat9pmandoutofbedat,6am.
An
_officersleptinthebedroomandwaspresentinthediningrooms
and
\Nascompelledtopartakeofthemeals.Eachcompanyhadeightnon-commissionedofficers,aelect.eufromthecadets.Thelasty"ar..Iat
t.endod
thatschoolIwas"Fuehrer"ofmycumpany.Wh~nIentercdthe6d1OOlIwas,Pre-paredtoent.ertheTertiaonthehight"iltgradeinapr-epoz-atoryschool,bu
t
onacco¥?ts~myage,11years,Iwascompelledtogototheverybottom,sowhatIhadlearnedbeforewasmostlywasted.(Onemuststayinsuchmilitaryschoolsuntilheis18yearsold.)WhenIwasadvancedand\NasmentallyentitledtoenteI'themainaceadomyI,withalltheotherboysinmyclass)wasexruninedbythreeprominatemilitaryphysicians.Theydeclaredthatonaccountofextremelyweal<:eyesightIwasunfitformilitarydutiesandmymotherwas
GO
informed.Ithenwenthome.Well,Germandoctorshaveahigh'Worldwidereputation
32__
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,';.,$.•.,",
·".If
 
but
thel"_'
~hreedoctorscertainlywen'offtheirbalanc'1formyeyes
i
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t
at
tile
ageof82ye'lIsiaasgoodasitwasat25.Ialwayscouldreal!anykindofp.r
i
n
t
withoutspectuul.es,I
am
penningtheselenghtywordsnottoshowhowIwasmad",)whichofcoursewouldbeofnointeresttothepublic.IwanttoshowthemhowGermanofficersweremadewhoaxenowfightingthebattles"overthere".lowethiscountrymoreth"".I
evei:
canrepay:andthereisquiteadifferencebetweenmakingoffice~ovexhereaJ'1\1overthere.IwantHitlerbeatnotonlytosaveAmericabuttosavetheGe:rmanpeopleand,ofwhatIknowofcouditionsoverhereandoverthereIbelieveourcountrywouldbeata.disadvru1tagewithHitlersarmyifweshalltakebarbersoutofthebarbershopsorclerksOlltofdrugstoresandmakeoutofthem,with·lilO.J..,
U
noexpence-d.eedensofourdoughboys.THETRIPTO
AMElllCA
Wedidn'thavebadweat-hele'
on
thetrip.NoIdidn'tleavesecretly.Nobody
""Ill,
totheboatwithme.Ihadgradua.l-I'd·in
EngliWl
butovertheretheyteachthecontinentalcomunicationanditruins!l.ll.•Nobenefitwhatever!
My
fatherlefttherewhenIwastwoyearsold,soyouseehewasastrangertome.HenormyMothermarriedagain.Infacttheywerenot
eVeD
divorced.No,Ididn'twanthimtohelpme.Icouldn'tgobackbecauseIsho.l.lldhavegoneback
af
t.e.rmytwoyeaxswereout.Arrangementshad
bec.n
mad.esoIcouldgoback
Lat.e
r,
butIturnedthemdown.ThatSettled
it-!
IamlIluchpr:o:UderofmyfolksherethanIamofmyancestors.Yousee,theywentdownthe$geslivingofftheexpectationssomebodyhadmadecenturiesago.
Y~l:"
I'vebeep
in
theCathedraloftheVirginatTreveo;maJ'JYimes.'
It
wasabout
100
stepsfrom
my
room.Itlookedontheinsideandoutsidemorelikeapli>l~ce
than
aohu;t'choTheprayersect,areallinLatin.Theinsideiscovezedw~~thepictu1/eSofsaints.WhenIbidflatontheground",hilethefightingwas.~\}ng,on,IfeltjustlikeanyothersmallboywhorunsupagainstaIIew-racketlllOWaboutthetimethecatholicBishopatTreveswacledtojail,twoGend'
w;'meS,
¢a:ited.perepo.Licomen,wenttothebishopspalacetogethimandtakehim.tojail.'l;'lJe~ail·wasabou
t
l-
milefromthepa.Iuce,Thestreet
U'
tothepalacewascrowdedw.iththousandsof:people.Thetwa1'0licembn
.
'''~;;
.
.
werehe
Lp.Le
as,Theytookthebishopback,butinaTeL':;shorttimethecavalryregimentofthe
9
th
Hussars,whiohwasstationedinTreves,'appearedonthescpne,theyrode,6
In
arowwiththeir
gl.\PS
inhand.Theymarched
Ul>
totheblsnopsdoors,thenthepolicemenbroughtthebishopbackandtheColonellefthistroops,rodeuptothefrontranksoftheriotersandspoke:IhavebeencommandedtoO1'enupthestr",,1ibetweenhe:;,eandthejail.Youhavejust
5
minutestodisperse."Thenherodeback,ordered:Regiment,attention!
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