Tuesday, October 14, 2008

US Revolutionary War: Hessian deserters

From: Cindy S. Drake

As a followup to your information about ENEMY VIEWS: The American Revolutionary War as Recorded by the Hessian Participants, are there any books you are aware of about Hessian soldiers who deserted and stayed in America? I have not read this book, but the description of the book at the Heritage Books Bookstore gives the impression that these diaries are of soldiers who returned to Germany. My husband has a Hessian soldier ancestor who deserted, married, and lived the rest of his life in the United States.

Cindy S. Drake
Library Curator
Statewide Cemetery Registry Coordinator
Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 R Street,
P.O. Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501-2554

I decided to forward your query to my favorite US military records expert, Craig R. Scott, CG, owner of http://www.heritagebooks.com/. He replied almost immediately with this offering from Genealogical Publishing, which he says is the first place to look. Unfortunately it is currently out of print. Hopefully you can find this through ILL Interlibrary Loan. At least you know what to look for.

German Mercenary Expatriates in the U.S. & Canada Following the American Revolution
The Contingents from Brunswick, Ansbach and Bayreuth, and Hessen-Hanau, Based upon German Sources.
(Originally Published as German-American Genealogical Research Monograph Numbers 1, 2 & 5) by Clifford Neal Smith.

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