Revolutionary War Letters Written by Hessian Officers


Generals Wilhelm von Knyphausen, Carl Wilhelm Von Hachenberg, Friedrich Wilhelm von Lossberg, Johann Friedrich Cochenhausen, Friedrich Von Riedesel and Major Carl Leopold von Baurmeister

This volume is a translation of letters in the archives of the Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown, New Jersey. Senior officers of Hesse-Cassel wrote the letters to the Count of Hanau, the ruler of Hesse-Hanau and the Hereditary Prince of Hesse-Cassel. A few letters are from General von Riedesel, commander of the Brunswick contingent of Hessian troops. Written during the later period of the American Revolution, the letters reveal the victories as well as the growing frustrations of the officers. Communication was slow in both directions; orders sometimes arrived too late and news of the results of battles might not be received for several weeks. After the war was over, there was extensive communication concerning the return of the Hessian troops to Europe. Individuals who do not have the ability to read German, but are still interested in the role of the Hessian auxiliaries in the American War of Independence, will greatly appreciate these translations.

Bruce E. Burgoyne and Dr. Marie E. Burgoyne 

2005, 5½x8½, paper, index, 202 pp.

ISBN: 9780788435416