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The Hessians in the Revolutionary War Paperback – June 15, 1997


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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Corner House Pub (June 15, 1997)
  • ISBN-10: 0879281162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879281168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,987,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Hessians in the American Revolution" provides an in depth look at the service of the German auxiliaries during the Revolutionary War. From the sea voyages to America through to their service during the Southern campaign of 1781, the experiences and observations of the German officers prvide many vivid pictures of American Life during the war. The author accessed contemporary diaries, letters and other printed and unpublished materials to complete this work. The results stand today as one of the most important contributions to the susbject of the Hessians during the Revolution. The cover provides a full color Lefferts print of the Grenandier Regiment von Rall. Highly recommended classic for those researching or reading about the period.
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Edward J. Lowell published this great book on the service of German Mercenaries who joined with the British Army in trying to defeat the young Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. First written in 1884 and reprinted in 1970, this excellent read tells of the various battles the Hessians (and other German Regiments) fought in and the history of where they came from and why they sailed to America to help the British in trying to defeat the "upstart Colonials".
Before this book was published, there was not much written about the Hessian Mercenaries and their service in the American Revolution. Mr. Lowell reseached German and British archives in assembling this book. Each major campaing and battle the Hessians and other German auxiliaries is reviewed from the Battle of Long Island in 1776, to the Southern Campaign of 1781. Mr. Lowell includes in this book eye-witness accounts from the German soldiers, diaries, oletters, and other vital documents.
German officers wrote exclusively in their personal diaries the observations of the American soldiers, the weaponry they used, their often failed battle tactics (though they did beat the Germans at the Battle of Trenton in December 1776), the colonial lifestyles, and other aspects of Colonial America and the young United States.
Especially interesting viewpoints is the capture of General John "Johnny" Burgoyne and his British troops at the Battle of Saratoga and the experiences the German and British soldiers faces as POW's.
There are 24 chapters in this book that begins with Chapter 1. The German Princes and ends with Chapter 24. The Southern Campaign of 1781.
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Though a 19th century work (originally published 1884, reprinted 1975 and 1997), this book reads easily. The author made extensive use of German sources (and lists them in Appendix A). This enabled presentation of views of our Revolution and America by these German soldiers which are truly enlightening. The first chapter's coverage of how the soldiers were raised and the difficulties of their journeys from their inland German states to the North Sea Coast is information not generally encountered. Their participation in campaigns from 1776 through 1781 is well-covered and reveals them to have been good soldiers of disciplined, tenacious units and not at all the cruel mercenaries depicted by the Declaration of Independence and in American school histories and belief. And - they weren't all " Hessians" either. Appendices C and D summarize the regiments sent to America and worthwhile of study. Any student of the American Revolution would do well to not neglect this excellent study.
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