Conrad ENGELBRECHT Hessian Solider~remained in America~Lived in Frederick MD
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Subj: [HESSIAN] The Diary of Jacob Engelbrecht, 1818-1878, Frederick, MD.
Date: 7/26/2004 1:49:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:[email protected] (John Merz)
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I would like to mention that this diary by the son of a Hessian soldier *****Conrad ENGELBRECHT, a private of the Bayreuth Regt., has been a source mentioned by Mrs. Nancy Rice Kiddoo in her article "Of Revolutionary Memory"; German mercenaries who immigrated to Western Maryland, published in "Der Reggeboge", Journal of the Pennsylvania German Society, Vol. 23/1989/2.
This Journal contains short biographies of 182 German auxiliary soldiers, wrongfully called mercenaries, who settled in Frederick Co., Maryland.
John Merz, list administrator.
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From: "Charles A. ("Al") Blackburn"
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 1:18 PM
Subject:Re:Old Sprenkle Tragedies
Good Morning Listmates,
Earlier this month, Nancy and Margaret each posted two messages under the subject heading "Old Sprenkle Tragedies."All four of those messages discussed the murder of Mary Ann Sprenkle Gower on the night of July 4,
I first became aware of Mary Ann's murder in the early 1980s while reading "The Diary of Jacob Englebrecht."Jacob's comments on that crime were confined to three rather brief entries.But before presenting Jacob's
comments on the murder, I will present a few remarks of my own about Jacob and his diary.
Jacob Englebrecht (the son of a Hessian) was born in Frederick, Maryland in 1797.He apparently remained a resident of that town until his death in 1878.
During most of his life Jacob plied the tailor's trade, but eventually became a grocer.And after the Civil War he served a term as mayor of Frederick. However, his most significant contribution arises from the fact that he was a faithful and prolific diarist throughout the last sixty
years of his life.
The version of the diary with which I worked was a three-volume transcription compiled by William R. Quynn, and publishsed by the Historical Society of Frecerick County, Inc., in 1976.I believe that an earlier publication consisted simply of reproductions of Jacob's hand written
entries, many of which were made on odd scraps of paper.And a very useful index has been added to a later edition.
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