Thanks to Dan from Minnesota for this story!
Our friend, Dan, came to visit from Minnesota recently. He and my husband, George, grew up together in New Jersey. A fellow writer, we were talking about our current writing projects when I asked him my favorite question: Do you have any good ghost stories?
Dan used to be a Loyalist Revolutionary War reenactor. One time, his unit was set up in Mount Holly, New Jersey to reenact the Battle of Iron Works Hill. This was a battle fought during the Revolutionary War that included the Loyalists, Hessian soldiers, and the American Revolutionaries.
Sometime before the performance, the Loyal American Regiment and some of the Hessians had a falling out. This resulted with the Hessian Jaeger reenactors not being present for this battle because the Loyal American Regiment was the unit hosting the event. While a part of the infantry during the Revolutionary War, Hessian Jaegers specialized in being scouts and snipers.
Dan’s group, the 4th New Jersey Volunteers, became a flanking unit to make up for the other soldiers’ absence. As he was going down the side streets, Dan caught a glimpse of Hessian Jaegers marching behind him in the rearview mirror of a car. Hessian Jaegers wore green coats with red facings on the cuffs and a red trim on the sides of the jacket. When he looked back, he saw that they were not there.
“Must have imagined it,” said Dan to himself and continued with the battle.
The atmosphere was so intense that day, that even some townspeople started joining the Revolutionary reenactors shouting, “The British are coming! God save the King!” After the fight was over and the American Revolutionaries were defeated, Dan and the other Loyalists cried out, “Huzzah! God save the King!” Out of the corner of his eye, Dan caught the distinctive red and green marks of the Hessian Jaegers again. Turning around, he saw a whole group of them cheering on the British.
Dan leaned over to a friend of his, “I thought the Hessian Jaegers weren’t coming today.”
“What are you talking about, Dan? They’re not here. They never showed up.”
When he went to point them out to his friend, the Hessian Jaegers had disappeared.
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