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The Ansbach-Bayreuth Diaries from the Revolutionary War translated
& edited by Bruce E. Burgoyne    © 1969
Mr. Burgoyne is a recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Revolution Roundtable of Philadelphia.
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  1. A Hessian Offier's Diary of the American Revolution
    Prechtel was a first sergeant and a Lieutenant in the Ansbach Regiment of the Ansbach-Bayreuth contingent. His diary, with entries dating from 1777 to 1783, offers descriptions of his experiences and insight into the war, the military and its procedures, and the places he toured in America.
  2. Diaries of two Ansbach Jaegers
    The diaries of two of these jaegers are presented in this latest work by veteran translator Bruce Burgonyne. The first half of this book concerns the diary of Lieutenant, later Captain, Heinrich Carl Philipp von Feilitsch (1751-1827) who was involved in the war from 1777 until 1780, serving in the Ansbach-Bayreuth jaeger company. His account covers Howe's 1777 invasion of New Jersey, the Philadelphia Campaign, the Battle of Red Bank, the Battle of Monmouth, and the 1779 engagements at Stony and Verplanck's Points. In addition to covering the sea voyage to America, this diary includes a rare and possibly unique full account of a return to Europe while the war was still being fought. Before Feilitsch departed for home, 2nd Lieutenant Christian Friedrich Bartholomai arrived in America in 1779. Bartholomai participated in Sir Henry Clinton's successful expedition against, and capture of, Charlston, South Carolina. His diary reflects a good understanding of the difficulties which England faced in waging a war in America, and he gives a detailed account of the English siege opperations used to force the surrender of Charleston.
  3. A Hessian Diary of the American Revolution
    "Johann Conrad Döhla was a private in the Fourth Company of the Bayreuth Regiment from Ansbach-Bayreuth. He had already served his prince for eight years before he was sent to America in 1777 in one of several German mercenary contingents hired by England to suppress the revolt in the American colonies, where he served five and one half years until 1783." This reprint will provide readers access to a first-person account of the American Revolution. Johann Conrad Döhla tells of his participation in the war, the routine of guard and fatigue duties, and comments on military leaders. He provides varied and interesting observations regarding everything that he participated in. Private Döhla records what he, and other private soldiers, thought was happening regarding the war and the reasons for the war. However, he accounts of events in which he was not personally involved are often filled with misinformation.
  4. Waldeck Soldiers of the American Revolution
    Of all the Hessian units employed by England during the American Revolutionary War, none traveled more widely than the 3rd English-Waldeck Regiment. This contingent of men served in the New York-New Jersey area, West Florida, and the Mississippi River area. They were held prisoner at various times in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Some deserters joined the American army and served under George Rodgers Clark in the Illinois country. In addition, the unit traveled to Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, and Nova Scotia. This book contains brief biographies of every man who served from the 18th century German principality of Waldeck as members of the 3rd English-Waldeck Regiment.
  5. They Also Served (Women with the Hessian Auxiliaries)
    Names of women who accompanied the Hessians during the American Revolution have been complied from diaries, archives, and chaplins, "church books", a rich source of weddings, births, baptisms and deaths. Most of the women came with the troops from Germany, but some were Americans married to Hessian soldiers. They were known as "camp fellows", a term which is often misunderstood to mean that they were women of low morals. They were in fact loving wives, devoted mothers, caring nurses and absolutely essential members of their husbands' military organizations. These names are grouped by military unit and listed alphabetically. Military units include Anhalt-Zerbst, Ansbach-Bayreuth, Brunswick, Hesse-Cassel, Hesse-Hanau and Waldeck. Each entry usually includes the husbands' name and the women's maiden name or birthplace if known.
  6. Canada during the American Revolutionary War
    The Brunswick troops, numbering 4,300 men, sailed for America in two divisions, one departing in late March 1776, and the other, including Von Papet, departing 31 May 1776, two weeks after the start of the journal. Von Papet was one of the Hessians who remained behind in Canada when John Burgoyne begain his march against the American colonists in 1777. Though only 21 years old, Von Papet was assigned the important position of brigade major. Because he kept a diary throughout his English service (all the way up to his return march to Brunswick), we have a picture of the military, social and cultural life in Canada at that time. As a very young man in a very demanding position, Von Papet records the inner reactions among his superiors with a noteworthy caution and understanding not to let his position cause him harm. As there is a scarcity of information concerning military affairs in Canada during the American Revolution, Von Papet's journal provides much-needed insight into why Canada never became a very large fourteenth American colony.

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