Hessian Soldiers (Soldaten)
who fought on the side of Great Britain against "the Colonies" in the 18th century are remembered at...
John Merz was the world's foremost authority on Hessian Soldiers.
He passed away in March, 2006.
Von Ditfurth Rgt.
Rgt. Von Donop
Johannes Zeth - Hessian Soldier
Arnold Bitters - Hessian Soldier
IGS Searches for Hessian Soldiers
Hessian Soldier Archives starting with January 1999
(you can manipulate the date in the URL)
Family History Library at Salt Lake City Film Numbers to Order
for Hessian Soldiers: 1320516 and 132542.
The original records for Hessians and others who fought in the Revolutionary War are in the Staatsarchiv in Marburg, Germany. Check the URLs, the mailing address, and the E-Mail address, below.
U.S. Army Military History - Hessian Soldiers
The Soldaten (musical background):
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You can hear a Hessian Soldier song and (if you read German), sing along
at this site:
"Ein Schifflein sah ich fahren"
(After you click on the notes do not select Melodie if your system cannot play music)
Hessian Soldier - Uniform
Hessian Soldier - Journal
|Contrary to popular belief, the "Hessian" soldier was not strictly from Hessen, Germany. The Revolutionary War began in 1775, with "Hessians" entering the battle in 1776. They came from Anhalt-Zerbst, Ansbach-Bayreuth, Braunschweig, Hessen-Hanau, Hessen-Kassel, and Waldeck; and from Austria, France, Hungary, Poland, and Switzerland; and other areas of "Germany." Germany, as a confederation of separate states, including Prussia, did not exist until 1871. The first contingents were from Braunschweig, arriving in Canada between May and September, 1776. They became the German members of the Burgoyne Expedition in 1777. Earlier arrivals of Germans (1758-59) involved German immigrants who were drafted by the British, and Germans who came as members of established British regiments. About 4,000 immigrants were drafted for service, commanded by officers recruited in Germany and Switzerland. But these 1758-59 arrivals were nearly 20 years before the war beginning in 1775.|
Hessian Soldier Historical Society
Ship's Passenger Lists
Waldeck Soldiers of the American Revolutionary War
By Bruce E. Burgoyne
Heritage Books 1991
ISBN 1-55613 Call NO. 973.342 B
The German Allied Troops of the North American War of Independence
1766 - 1783
Translated and Abridged from the German of
Max Von Helpring.
By J. G. Rosengarten
Pub By: The Clearfield Co.
LOC 72-81186 Call No. 973.342 E
The German Regiments of Maryland and Pennsylvania
By Henry J. Retzer
Family Line Publications 1991
Call No 973.342 R
A Hessians Diary of the American Revolution
Johan Conrad Döhla
University of Oklahoma Press
Soldiers of the American Revoutionary War
By B.E. Burgoyne
Heritage Books 1991 Waldeck
Indentured to Liberty
Peasant Life and the Hessian Military State 1688-1815
Peter K. Taylor
Cornell University Press
See also ./resources.htm#star for BOOKS about Hessian Soldiers and other German topics of interest.
Map of Hessen 1750
Recruitment of Hessian Soldiers
Insights into the Revolutionary War
(German Language Presentation)
American Revolution, 1780-83
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