This book describes the Hessian involvement in the War for Independence. It details all the major battles that the Hessian Germans participated in and their important role in the Revolutionary War. It also tells the individual stories of a number of Hessians and what happened to them after the war. Many fascinating facts about the Hessians and those associated with them are included. The impact of the Hessians on American culture is discussed.
Comprising about a quarter of the British forces, the Hessians had a reputation for looting and fierceness in battle. Their effective use of the bayonet instilled considerable fear in troops that opposed them. As a result, George Washington’s defeat of the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey, gave a critical boost to the American cause.
Through their experiences, many Hessians determined that America was a place of promise, and they decided to stay in the new country.