The British purchased the services of 30,000 German Soldiers for
$150,000, all of which went into the royal coffers of the German
princes. These troops came from Hesse Cassel, Hesse Hanau,
Brunswick, Anspach, Bayreuth, Anhalt Zerbst and Waldeck.
Total sent was 30,067 from 1776 to 1782; 12,562 did not return...
7,754 dead and 4,808 remained in America...
All are generally referred to as "Hessians" because of their large
numbers. Also, their General Knypyhausen was commander of the entire
German force which contributed to the common reference to "Hessian
Edmund Maul has given me permission to publish his article, "Nicholaus Schilling, A Hessian Grenadier". Besides being interesting reading, it gives a good timeline for some battles; also, his sources may be helpful if you are in search of your ancestor that was a Hessian Soldier.
Click hereto see a Hessian Soldier Reenactment photo
If you are researching your Hessen ancestry, you should visit Don Watson's WORLD GENWEB SITE FOR HESSEN, GERMANY Besides a large query database of others researching, there is a vast amount of pertinent research information & history, much more than I have room to list.
JSHA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching those German auxiliary troops (generically called Hessian) who
remained in America after the Revolutionary War, became loyal citizens, made cultural contributions and were the progenitors
of any thousands of Americans living today.