What was the significance of British and Hessian soldiers in our local area? If you would like to know the answer to that question, come to the April 10th, 2018 lecture sponsored by Friends of Cornwall Iron Furnace.
Michael Jesberger, independent military historian specializing in the American Revolution and Civil War time periods will speak on the topic “British and Hessian Prisoners in Lancaster County, PA”. The program is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Freeman Hall auditorium on the campus of Cornwall Manor Retirement Community.
Jesberger explains that during the American Revolution, Great Britain employed at least 30,000 German soldiers in its attempt to put down the rebellion in the American Colonies. By 1781, more than one third of the British army’s strength in North America consisted of soldiers that soon became known as “Hessians”. Many of these troops, along with their British allies, would become prisoners of war and sent to Lancaster County for confinement. Using eyewitness accounts and journals of the time, Jesberger will highlight some of the experiences of the German/British troops as prisoners of war.
Jesberger is renowned for his depth and breadth of knowledge, as well as his engaging and passionate presentation style. He provides both formal lectures, living history presentations or tours of historic sites in the tri-state area. He is a member of numerous history-based organizations and is active in the reenactment community, participating in battle reenactments, living history programs and ceremonies to honor our first and current veterans.
A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia region, Jesberger is a native of Northeast Philadelphia and currently resides in Lansdale with his wife and family.
The lecture is free and open to the public in a handicap-accessible facility. For more information on scheduled lectures and programs sponsored by the Cornwall Iron Furnace, please visit the website at www.cornwallironfurnace.org or call 717-272-9711.
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