Journal Contents

2004 Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association
Volume 7, Number 4, ISBN No. 0-939016-33-8


The Ansbach-Bayreuth Flags Lost at Yorktown, by Arno Stoerkel.  Discussion of the design features such as eagle, leaves, scroll, crown and central cypher, with photos of three of the surviving flags.

March Route from Hessen to America: Jeremias Kappes, Captain d'Armes, translated by Henry J. Retzer.  A diary beginning 3 Mach 1776 in Ziegenhain, describing the marches and voyages through Bremerlehe, Portsmouth, New York, to the Battle of Trenton, New Jersey, where Kappes was captured.  The prisoners were marched to Virginia, then repatriated to New York.  The Diary abruptly ends on 1 October 1777 after the voyage and capture of the ship Triton.  Additional diary material includes a Muster Roll of Major von Dechow's Regiment with 83 soldiers' names and statistics.

Portraits of Hessian Jaeger Officers in the Museum of Marburg University, by Joern Meiners.  One portrait is Alexander Wilhelm Bickell, who served with Johann Ewald, and the other is an unknown officer with the Order Pour la virtu militaire.

Hessian Officer's Sword, by Robert M. Webler.  A photo with the inscription FRIEDRICH II TE LANDGRAF ZU HESSEN in the collection of the Springfield Armory, Massachusetts.

Complaints of a Mercenary - 1776, by Peter Assion, Translated by Gerda Balding, Annotated by Robert M. Webler.  A song of 6 verses from a letter by Christopher Stiehall, Hessian mercenary who stayed in America.  Describes the concern about the trip from Hanau and pain of separation from family.

Das Combinierte Bataillon - The Combined Battalion of Hessen - Cassel, 1776-1778.  Part I: December 1776 - July 1777, by Lt. Colonel Donald M. Londahl-Smidt, USAF-Ret.  Reorganized survivors of the Battle of Trenton.  Includes reports with names and statistics.

The Friedrich von Germann Watercolors, by Thomas M. Barker, Ph.D.  Copies done in 1851 - 1852 by an unknown artist of Captain Friedrich Konstantin von Germann's original drawings created during the Revolution.  The copies are preserved in the municipal archives of Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, and available as postcards.  Includes information on von Germann's military service.

Research Notes, by Lt. Colonel Donald M. Londahl-Smidt, USAF-Ret.  Status of research projects and materials aquired by the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, Inc.

Hessian Reading, by Henry J. Retzer.  List of 5 recent books involving Hessian information and an information packet on the Battle of Bennington.

Hessians Fighting for American Independence?  German Deserters Recruited for Lauzun's Legion in America, 1780-1782, by Robert A. Selig, Ph.D.  Includes lists of names and fates of over 90 Hessians.  The only known contemporary drawing of a hussar serving in the legion is on the back cover of the Journal.

A Delayed Arrival: Parts of the 3rd and 4th Battalions of the 60th Reg. Settle in Nova Scotia, 1783-1785 Part 2 - 1785, by Lt. Colonel Donald M. Londahl-Smidt, USAF-Ret.  Continuation of the story of the troubles of the soldiers and their families in Nova Scotia.  Names of 77 soldiers, number of family members, and number of acres of land allotted to each in the Chedabucto Bay region.

Friedrich Lacour: A German Deserter with the Second New Jersey Regiment, by John U. Rees.  A soldier who stayed with the Israel Shreve family after desertion, and later probably settled in Berks County, PA..


Frederick Augustus Dezeng - Hessen-Cassel Captain and Upstate New York Enterpriser, by Henry J. Retzer.  Biography from birth, through military service, and post-war contributions to the country.  Lists children with wife Mary Lawrence.

Caniel Drube (Trubey) - Profiles, by M. A. Schwalm from data supplied by Alycon Trubey Pierce.  Story of a Hessen-Cassel soldier who settled in Franklin County, PA and married Margaret Mack.  He died before 21 February 1807, leaving 4 children under age 21.

Family Stories and News

Oral Stories of the Samuel Schwalm Family, by Jennifer J. Miller.

Irene Schwalm Celebrates 100 Years, by Jennifer J. Miller.

All in the Family, by N. Daniel Schwalm and George H. Schwalm.  Eighteen pages of births, obituaries, and accomplishments of today's Hessian descendants.   Each year this feature includes old photos of people and places.

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