Category «European»

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier by Harry Schenawolf

Gunpowder Wizard for the American Cause in the Revolutionary War For decades England’s draconian control of American imports and exports demanded that the colonists deal only with British and Scottish agents. Americans had to sell colonial goods to these agents who took a nice cut prior to distribution. The British government also kept a tidy …

A Hessian Soldier’s Letter Home

DESCRIBING STATEN AND LONG ISLAND 1776 The following was taken from a letter written by Lieutenant Johann von Hinrichs (later Captain) of a company of Hessian Jaeger riflemen or chasseurs (taken from the French which literally means ‘hunter’) to Professor Schlozer. Hinrichs (1752-1834) briefly describes his travels from Bremerlehe to the American colonies via Portsmouth …

Major General Baron DeKalb

Foreign Soldier in America’s Continental Army It is April 20th, 1777.  The morning sun shimmers through the lifting fog as the fifty five year old battle scarred German warrior stands along the stone promenade of an ancient wharf in the small Spanish Port of Passage.  He gazes out at the French ship Victoire as she …