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Notes from a British Museum (re: The Hessians) (inscribed by the author)

Bruce E. Burgoyne (ed.)

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ISBN 10: 0788424874 / ISBN 13: 9780788424878
Published by Heritage Books Inc, 2004
Condition: fine Soft cover
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A fine, fresh example. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Illustrated glossy softcovers. 306 pp. with index. Gleaned from the holdings at The British Museum, a look at the German mercenaries employed by Great Britian during the American Revolution. About one third of the soldiers employed by the British against the American colonists were Germans; they were collected from six minor states and were generally referred to as "Hessians" although all were not actually from Hesse. The slant of this work is more towards military activities in Canada than in the American colonies. Bookseller Inventory # E17747B

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Title: Notes from a British Museum (re: The ...

Publisher: Heritage Books Inc

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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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.

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