Burgoyne, Bruce E. Diaries of Two Ansbach Jaegers.

Burgoyne, Bruce E. Diaries of Two Ansbach Jaegers.

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Burgoyne, Bruce E. Diaries of Two Ansbach Jaegers. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1997. ISBN: 9780788406553.

Green printed stiff wrappers, 166 pp., fine. Fine. Paperback.  [4126] 

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The diaries of two of these jaegers are presented in this latest work by veteran translator Bruce Burgoyne, who has authored five previous books on the so-called Hessians (with others currently in preparation). The first half of this book concerns the diary of Lieutenant, later Captain, Heinrich Carl Philipp von Feilitsch (1751-1827) who was involved in the war from 1777 until 1780, serving in the Ansbach-Bayreuth jaeger company. His account covers Howe's 1777 invasion of New Jersey, the Philadelphia Campaign, the Battle of Red Bank, the Battle of Monmouth, and the 1779 engagements at Stony and Verplanck's Points. In addition to covering the sea voyage to America, this diary includes a rare and possibly unique full account of a return to Europe while the war was still being fought. Feilitsch's diary gives a running account of the daily military life, including reports of activity in other areas and the rumors which circulated in his unit. Like many soldiers before and after the Revolution, Feilitsch fell in love far from home, but his dislike of military life, and of travel on the ocean, made his American adventure one he never wished to repeat. - back cover.