The Hessians: Mercenaries from Hessen-Kassel in the American Revolution

TitleThe Hessians: Mercenaries from Hessen-Kassel in the American Revolution
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1980
AuthorsAtwood, Rodney
Number of Pages292
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge; New York
Abstract

In Hessians: Mercenaries, Rebels, and the War for British North America historian Brady J. Crytzer explores the German experience during the American Revolution through the lives of three individuals from vastly different walks of life, all thrust into the maelstrom of North American combat. Here are the stories of a dedicated career soldier, Johann Ewald, captain of a Field-Jäger Corps, who fought from New York to the final battles along the Potomac; Frederika Charlotte Louise von Massow, Baroness von Riedesel, who raced with her young children through the Canadian wilderness to reunite with her long-distant husband; and middle-aged chaplain Philipp Waldeck, who struggled to make sense of it all while accompanying his unit through the exotic yet brutal conditions of the Caribbean and British Florida. Beautifully written, Hessians offers a glimpse into the American Revolution as seen through the eyes of the German armies commanded to destroy it. (Amazon)

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