The Embassy of the German Republic and the German-American Heritage Museum have announced that October 2018 will begin the Deutschlandjahr (the year of Germany), a year of programs highlighting German American history. In conjunction with this theme, Pencader Heritage Museum and the Delaware Saengerbund, both in Newark, DE, have planned an afternoon presentation which will highlight three groups of Germans who fought in the American War of Independence. Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution tells the story of the Hessian soldiers who fought on the British side. Some died in the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge in Newark, DE, and a great many were taken prisoner. However, there was also a regiment made up mostly of Germans from the Zweibrücken area of Germany, the Royal Deux-Ponts, under the command of the French who fought on the American side that is not as well known. This regiment crossed Cooch’s Bridge on their way to join George Washington’s armies to lay a siege on the British troops in Yorktown, Virginia in September 1781. This siege, which led to the defeat of the British the following year will be discussed as well as the everyday struggles of German Americans who were already living in the colonies and had come to this country to settle and enjoy the freedoms that brought so many other immigrants into this country in the late 1600’s and 1700’s.
This event begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, at the Pencader
Heritage Museum on the site of Cooch’s Battleground at 209 Sunset Lake Road in Newark. However, the museum will open at 12:00 noon with free admission. At approximately 2:30 p.m., Dr. Robert A. Selig will give his presentation at the Delaware Saengerbund which is 10 minutes away by car at 49 Salem Church Road in Newark. Free parking is available at both sites and a reception will be held with light snacks after Dr. Selig’s presentation. The entire event, expected to end at approximately 4:00 p.m., is free and partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as The Pencader Heritage Museum, the Delaware Chapter of the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, Inc. and the Delaware Saengerbund & Library Association.
Unsung Heroes of the American Revolution by Robert A. Selig http://www.americanrevolution.org/flohr/flohr2.php and
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