How to Research Your Hessian Soldier Ancestors


Hessian soldiers played a large role in the American Revolutionary war. They were hired mercenaries, used by the British to fight American colonial forces. The Hessian soldiers were known for their brutality during the American Revolution. They were highly trained soldiers and had a “take no prisoners” attitude. They were being paid to kill, not take people prisoner, and they took this job very seriously. They had every reason to be as ruthless as they could, as the British paid them well for what they did. The brutality of the Hessians even made it into popular culture in the story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” where the man who would become the Headless Horseman was a Hessian soldier fighting Colonial troops in the American Revolution...