We are really, really enjoying “Sleepy Hollow,” so the only reason it took this long for us to do an episode related to it is that I had to wait on interlibrary loan to bring me a book about the Hessians.
Often described as mercenaries who fought for Britain during the American Revolution, the Hessians were really auxiliary troops who fought for lots of governments in lots of military actions (and they weren’t all from Hesse-Kassel). Today’s episode takes us through how German principalities got into the business of armies for hire in the first place, why Britain needed these troops during the American Revolution, and the most famous altercation between the colonists and the Hessians during the Revolutionary War.
(And we know “Sleepy Hollow” has changed the Headless Horseman’s back story. That happened after we recorded this episode.)
Here’s a link to our notes and research, plus “Washington Crossing the Delaware.”