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Is six volumes of gathered information transcribed into these volumes. It is published by the Hessian State Archive at Marburg of about 15,000 soldiers in German regiments sent to fight in the American Revolution from 1776-1784 It is written in both German and English. Please note that the HETRINA lists each name as many times as that soldier was recorded in military records which in some units was quite frequent (e.g., annually) Auerbach, Franz, Frohlich. Listed are the person's number, surname, given name, birth year, place of origin, town & state, rank, unit, type of record.
Covers the four Hessen-Kessel grenadier battalions formed from various grenadier companies in Zierenberg near the end of January 1776. They embarked in April 1776 in Bremerlehe. Some arrived in America on July 25, 1776 but the majority were in America by Mid-August of that year. These battalions formed a brigade under the command of Colonel von Donop and another battalion was organized in Wolhagen in mid-February 1776 and embarked in Ritzenbuttel in June, arrived in New York at the end of October 1776.
For those interested, the six regiments covered in HETRINA II are: Prinz Carl v. Ditfurth v. Donop [1784 became
v. Knyphausen] v. Lo�berg [1780 became Alt v. Lo�berg; sometimes called "Lossberg Senior"] v. Mirbach [1780 became Jung v. Lo�berg, sometimes called "Lossberg Junior"] v. Tr�mbach [1778 became v. Bose]
The above were all infantry regiments comprising five companies of approximately 125 men each. HETRINA II contains 12,311 entries covering these six regiments. I opine that these regiments have complete range of records, begining muster, ending muster and all monthly reports.
Covers the following regiments: Princes Own Infantry; Landgraf; Prince-Successor; von Knyphausen; Rall; and von Wissenbach Garrison.
Volume 4 covers the following: von Buenau Garrison Regiment; von Stein Garrison Regiment; Courier Corps; and Artillery Corps.
Volume 5 covers: Third Englis-Waldeck Mercenary Regiment.
Covers the following: Hesse-Hanau Regiment of the Crown Prince; Artillery Corps; Hesse-Hanau Fusilier Corps (Chasseurs); and Hesse-Hanau Free Corps.
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In the introduction to HETRINA IV, p. 15, is the following statement: "These computer listings can be used as an index for microfilms in the Library of Congress taken from the holdings of the State Archives of Hesse in Marburg." Recently a correspondent sent me scans of a few pages which clearly come from the Library of Congress 1929 photostat collection which includes material covered in HETRINA IV. HETRINA reference code 4H410 (27 Feb 1777 Trenton POW lists) is identified on the photostats made 27 June 1929 as: Preusisches Staatsarchiv Marburg OWS 1248. Wilhelmsh�her Kriegakten.. No.CXIX. The HETRINA reference 8853/20 (J�ger Monthly Report for May 1778) is identified on the document as: Preusisches Staatsarchiv Marburg O. W. S. 1516, Monatslisten den Feld-Jager-Corps. 1778. It appears that the Library of Congress Manuscripts Division control number for the 54 containers of orginal photstats is mm 84070425 and the local call/shelving location is 0614KK. I do not know the identification of the corresponding microfilm but as my correspondent used the microfilm, doubtless copies of the film is available for purchase. My correspondent advised me that locating the "finding aid" in the Manuscript Division was difficult, even with the assistence of the duty librarian, but with the finding aid in hand, identifying the reel of microfilm was simple. I have never viewed the original photostats but similar microfilm I purchased about fifteen years ago from the LOC was negative microfilm which is very difficult to use as the text was in German script. I have not recently purchased microfilm from the Library of Congress but the current cost is $80/reel for positive film plus a $14 "processing fee." http://www.loc.gov/preserv/pds/micro.html A lister living in the Washington DC area might desire to look into this matter.
Donated by: Bob Brooks
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS ON PAGE 31,
HETRINA VOLUME 6, A-L--
"THERE IS A COMPLETE SET OF ALL THE SOURCES
USED IN THE HETRINA SERIES AT THE CLEMENT LIBRARY,
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN.
THIS LIBRARY WILL ACCEPT ORDERS FOR COPIES."
TERM PDF as used by John Merz is not an Adobe electronic file, it is Personal Data File for an individual soldier.
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