~ American War of Independence "Hessian" Re-enactment Units ~
The Feldjäger Corps is an authentic, recreated unit from the American
Revolutionary War period, 1776- 1783. It is a participating unit in the
Brigade of the American Revolution, the British Brigade, and the German Brigade (Militär-Verein Germania). These
organizations are national historic associations dedicated to recreating the
life and times of the common soldier of the American War of Independence.
The British employed large numbers of German soldiers ("Hessians") during the
American Revolution. The use of foreign troops provided the British with a
ready source of well-trained and equipped troops. This relieved the British
of the burden of raising an army in England. Foremost in demand were the
German Jägers (Jaegers, Yaegers, Chasseurs ="Hunters"). They were the European counterpart of the American riflemen.
Jägers were well-trained and disciplined soldiers, excellent marksmen,
woodsmen, reliable and very capable of independent action. Prior to the
American Revolution, Frederick the Great, the King of Prussia was the first
to raise a Jäger Corp. The Jägers were employed as guides, bodyguards,
couriers and scouts.
The Jägers were initially recruited from gamekeepers, woodsmen and hunters.
The Jägers proved so successful that other German principalities emulated
the Army of Frederick the Great and formed Jäger Companies. During the
American Revolution, the British employed Jägers primarily from Hesse-Cassel
and Anspach. By 1781, there were 821 Jägers from Hesse-Cassel and 245 from
Anspach in the British Army in New York. The British also employed Jägers
from Brunswick and other German principalities on the Canadian-American
The purpose of the Feldjäger Corps is to present an accurate representation
of what the life of the Jäger was like and to reenact the events of the
period. To achieve this aim, members have equipped themselves with accurate
copies of the uniform and accoutrements used by the Jägers. The Feldjäger Corps participates in encampments, reenactments, historical demonstrations
and any function, which may serve an educational or historical purpose.
Membership is open to anyone in our geographic recruiting region(s) with an interest in American Revolutionary War history or an interest in reenacting in general. The outfitting of the Man-At-Arms is an expensive undertaking. We encourage members to join and obtain the uniform and equipment as they can afford them.
Individuals wishing to join /or for further information please contact:
v.Prueschenk's is headquartered in New Jersey, with members located there & in New York.
Lorey's Company is headquartered in the Pacific NW, with our recruiting area focused on the northwestern Washington State (Snohomish-Skagit-Whatcom Counties) / & southwestern British Columbia (Canada) regions. J-C Lorey seeks to recreate both the dismounted & mounted role of the Feldjäger Corps.
In Remembrance of 9/11
& the troops fighting terrorism...
"Ne Obliviscaris" (Do Not Forget)
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling of a person who thinks that nothing is worth war
is much uglier. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight -
- nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety and well being
-- is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free,
unless made and kept so by the exertions and blood of better men than himself."