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Military:Revolutionary War:Hessian

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1 Notes from a British Museum
Bruce Burgoyne
2004, 5½x8½, paper, index, 310 pp, Heritage Books
About one-third of the soldiers employed by the British against the revolutionary American colonists in the late 1770s and early 1780s were Germans. The greatest number of these Germans were the auxiliaries from six minor states and they were collectively referred to as Hessians, even though not all were from Hesse. Many Germans also served in the ranks of the English army, or even in Loyalist units. The slant is more towards military activities in Canada than in the American colonies. The information is biased towards the Germans in Canada for two reasons; General Haldimand, who commanded primarily in Canada, kept voluminous records that went to England while the Americans, winning a battle, kept the surrendering unit's records and did not pass them on to England. Information discussed includes general background material, the order of battle, the acquisition of auxiliary soldiers, transportation issues, the campaign of 1777, postwar preparations to depart and German stay-behinds, desertions, women and children, and a list of ships. To compile this work, the author screened all of the pertinent material housed in The British Museum, London, England, regarding the German soldiers. This is the first work of this scope to date.
Price: 27.50 USD



2 CD: A Hessian Diary of the American Revolution
Bruce E. Burgoyne
2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat 6, PC and Mac, 301 pp, Heritage Books
"Johann Conrad Döhla was a private in the Fourth Company of the Bayreuth Regiment from Ansbach-Bayreuth. He had already served his prince for eight years before he was sent to America in 1777 in one of several German mercenary contingents hired by England to suppress the revolt in the American colonies, where he served five and one half years until 1783." This electronic reprint will provide students of history access to a first-person account of the American Revolution. Johann Conrad Döhla tells of his participation in the war, the routine of guard and fatigue duties, and comments on military leaders. He provides varied and interesting observations regarding everything that he participated in. Private Döhla records what he, and other private soldiers, thought was happening regarding the war and the reasons for the war. However, his accounts of events in which he was not personally involved are often filled with misinformation. The text includes introductory materials and editorial notes, plus maps and illustrations. A fullname and subject index adds to the value of this work. Bruce E. Burgoyne is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Revolution Roundtable of Philadelphia.
Price: 15.95 USD



3 CD: A Hessian Officer’s Diary of The American Revolution
Bruce E. Burgoyne
2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat 6, PC and Mac, 343 pp, Heritage Books
Prechtel was a first sergeant and a lieutenant in the Ansbach Regiment of the Ansbach-Bayreuth contingent. His diary, with entries dating from 1777 to 1783, offers descriptions of his experiences and insight into the war, the military and its procedures, and the places he toured in America. Mr. Burgoyne is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Revolution Roundtable of Philadelphia.
Price: 15.95 USD



4 CD: Diaries of Two Ansbach Jaegers
Bruce E. Burgoyne
2005, CD, Graphic Images, Adobe Acrobat 6, PC and Mac, 180 pp, Heritage Books
One of the types of German auxiliaries, known as Hessians, employed by England during the Revolutionary War was the jaeger, or as the term translates into English, hunter. "Dressed in their hunter-green uniforms [these soldiers], who were trained in forestry crafts and were excellent marksmen, proved themselves to be very proficient in combatting the 'American Indian' style of fighting employed by the colonists. Often employed as escorts for senior British and Hessian officers, the jaegers were generally found in the advance or rear guard forces and on special assignments, and were a vital element in most engagements; in effect, they were the green-berets of their day." The diaries of two of these jaegers are presented in this latest work by veteran translator Bruce Burgoyne, who has authored five previous books on the so-called Hessians (with others currently in preparation). The first half of this book concerns the diary of Lieutenant, later Captain, Heinrich Carl Philipp von Feilitsch (1751-1827) who was involved in the war from 1777 until 1780, serving in the Ansbach-Bayreuth jaeger company. His account covers Howe's 1777 invasion of New Jersey, the Philadelphia Campaign, the Battle of Red Bank, the Battle of Monmouth, and the 1779 engagements at Stony and Verplanck's Points. In addition to covering the sea voyage to America, this diary includes a rare and possibly unique full account of a return to Europe while the war was still being fought. Feilitsch's diary gives a running account of the daily military life, including reports of activity in other areas and the rumors which circulated in his unit. Like many soldiers before and after the Revolution, Feilitsch fell in love far from home, but his dislike of military life, and of travel on the ocean, made his American adventure one he never wished to repeat. Before Feilitsch departed for home, 2nd Lieutenant Christian Friedrich Bartholomai arrived in America in 1779. Bartholomai participated in Sir Henry Clinton's successful expedition against, and capture of, Charleston, South Carolina. His diary reflects a good understanding of the difficulties which England faced in waging a war in America, and he gives a detailed account of the English siege operations used to force the surrender of Charleston. Ultimately, Bartholomai was among the troops of Cornwallis' command who became prisoners after the surrender at Yorktown, and he would await his exchange under a flag of truce. In addition to maps of the New York and Charleston theaters of the war, there are explanatory notes to the text, a list of Ansbach-Bayreuth officers who marched to America, and a partial bibliography. An everyname index supplies the locations of several hundred names. Mr. Burgoyne is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Revolution Roundtable of Philadelphia.
Price: 15.95 USD



5 Journal of a Hessian Grenadier Battalion
Bruce E. Burgoyne
2005, 5½x8½, paper, index, 216 pp, Heritage Books
Six German states furnished troops to Britain to serve in America during the Revolutionary War. Those states were Hesse-Cassel, Hesse-Hanau, Brunswick, Waldeck, Ansbach-Bayreuth, and Anhalt-Zerbst. By far the largest contingent was provided by Hesse-Cassel, and all the troops were commonly called Hessians. This translation was made from a copy of the Platte Grenadier Battalion Journal in the Lidgerwood Collection at the Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, New Jersey. Mr. Burgoyne has inserted additional identifying information about individuals whenever possible. As was the custom with most Hessian units, the journal was maintained by the battalion quartermaster, in this case Karl Bauer. Besides descriptions of the movements and battles of the troops, there are many entries describing the long sea voyages endured by these foreign fighters.
Price: 27.00 USD


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