Journal of the Hesse-Cassel Jaeger Corps


By the late eighteenth century, continental armies had adopted a unit comprised of men who were familiar with nature, lightly armed, and able to move quickly. They were also excellent marksmen. To fill the ranks of these units, foresters-jaegers in German, chasseurs in French-were recruited and gave the name of their profession to the units: they were jaegers. Bruce Burgoyne's translation was made from a German language document in the archives of the Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey. Where the information was readily available, Mr. Burgoyne added name and unit identification. This document is an excellent, brief summary of the war. Several of the entries, such as the Hessian intelligence concerning Washington's march from New York to Virginia to besiege Cornwallis, the Benedict Arnold-Major Andre affair, and the naval battle off the Chesapeake Bay, are of special interest. The same may be said of the journalist's comments on the steadily improving quality of the American fighting men.

Bruce E. Burgoyne

(2005), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 218 pp.

ISBN: 9780788425653