New York: G. & C. Carvill, 1827. First edition in English. Translated from the German of 1800. Light wear to joints and edges. Edges untrimmed. Marbled endpapers with armorial bookplate (E. Turner) to front pastedown. Some foxing. A very good, tight copy. Late nineteenth century half brown leather over marbled paper boards. Gilt spine. Twelvemo. 323 pp. Item #17106
Frederike Charlotte Luise, Baroness of Riedesel (1746 – 1808) traveled to America from Germany in 1777 to join her husband, who was the commander of the Hessian army — about 30,000 German soldiers hired by the British to fight on their side during the American War of Independence — all the way up until the defeat of the British and German forces at Saratoga. Frederike returned to Germany in 1783 and wrote this account of her life in America and her experiences during the war, including her care of injured soldiers and her help preparing food for the army. The present work is a valuable record of a foreign woman’s role in the War of Independence that centers not around the logistics of battle but around the human experiences that ran beneath the surface of the conflict.
Howes R-284. Brown, Marvin L. “Baroness on the Battlefield.” American Heritage, vol. 16, no. 1 (December 1964), pp. 64-79.