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Hessian Diaries and Memoirs

Original timbers from huts built by Hessian prisoners in Charlottesville, Virginia

Primary Sources

Bauer, Karl, Bruce E. Burgoyne, and Marie E. Burgoyne. Journal of a Hessian Grenadier Battalion. Westminster, Md: Heritage Books, 2005.

Burgoyne, Bruce E., Marie E. Burgoyne, Georg Christoph Coester, Johann Gottlieb Siegismund Braunsdorf, and Gregorius Michael Stroelein, eds. Hessian Chaplains: Their Diaries and Duties. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 2003.

Döhla, Johann Conrad, and Bruce E. Burgoyne. A Hessian Diary of the American Revolution. 1. paperback printing. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.

Johann Conrad Dohla was a private in the 4th Company of the Bayreuth Regiment from Ansback-Bayreuth.  Dohla participated in the occupation of Philadelphia, several raids and foraging in New Jersey, Lord Cornwallis’s southern campaigns and was captured at the Battle of Yorktown.  He spent 18 months in a prisoner of war camp before being freed in May 1783.

Ewald, Johann von. Diary of the American War: A Hessian Journal. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.

Feilitzsch, Heinrich Carl Philipp von, Christian Friedrich Bartholomai, and Bruce E. Burgoyne. Diaries of Two Ansbach Jaegers. Bowie, Md: Heritage Books, 1997.

Pausch, Georg. Journal of Captain Pausch – Chief of the Hanau Artillery during the Burgoyne Campaign. Edited by William L. Stone. Albany: Joel Munsell, 1886.

Rankin, Hugh F., ed. Narratives of the American Revolution – As Told by a Young Sailor, a Homesick Surgeon, a French Volunteer, and a German General’s Wife. The Lakeside Classics 75. Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 1976.

The Rankin volumne contains the diary of Baroness Riedesel, wife of General Riedesel mostly pertaining to General Burgoyne’s invasion of New York State from Canada in 1777.

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