I've read a little on the man, and it appears he was formerly a Captain in one of the Prussian units. As most of you are undoubtedly aware, that region (which was not a unified Germany yet) was known for creating mercenary units. In other words, he could have easily ended up fighting on the other side, but he was asked to leave. He offered his services to other armies, but was refused. Then he came to the US and presented himself to Congress, embellishing his resume somewhat. They commissioned him a Major General and sent him to Valley Forge to help Washington train the Army. Now to my question: The rumor was that his services were refused in several armies because he was known to take "liberties with young boys," as one author put it. Does anyone know if there is any evidence to that fact or was it something of a smear campaign from a political adversary?