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STORY OF A SWORD TAKEN FROM A
HESSIAN SOLDIER

I have been researching my Great(x4)grandfather John Edmands (Revolutionary War). He was not a Hessian, but has a very interesting connection. Thats why I write:

Quoted from THE HISTORY OF MELROSE by E. H. Goss (1902), page 460-461:

"John Edmunds (sp)...was a Revolutionary patriot. He took pride in relating his war experience. He owned a sword which he obtained in the following manner. While crossing a field to his quarters one day, he was met by a Hessian soldier. They grappled and a most desperate struggle ensured. They fell to the ground, Mr. Edmunds uppermost. The Hessian begged for his life. Mr. Edmunds stripping him of his sword, allowed him to depart, wondering at the same time, what would have been his fate had the Hessian been uppermost when they fell. This sword is now in possession of a descendant living in Milford, Mass."

This encounter took place at Trenton according to the legend as my grandfather crossed with Gen Washington for that historic battle.

I write because I have that sword. I have determined it to be a 1742 British Infantry sword through my research at the Library of Congress. By chance, could any Hessian soldier have related this same tale...except giving up the sword?

Lt Col Donald N. Edmands, Jr.
10317 Marlboro Woods Drive
Cheltenham, MD 20623-1230

Home: dedmands@olg.com
Work: dedmands@dcadw.ang.af.mil


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