Hessian Grave

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John Andrew Isense was a Hessian (a Dragoon in the Prince of Brunswick Regiment) prisoner of war who was released to work on a local farm in West Springfield, Massachusetts. While gathering in a crop on that farm in August of 1780 he was struck by lightning and killed. His grave marker - including a portion in German - was erected by the town's citizens.

About This Item

Date

August 16, 1780

Description

Carved red sandstone monument/gravestone

Identifier

n.a.

Collection

Citation

Dennis Picard, “Hessian Grave,” Revolution Happened Here, accessed September 20, 2021, https://revolutionhappenedhere.org/items/show/22.

Transcription

In Memory of
John Andrew Isense,
Born in Little Biwene, was A
Dragoon in Prince of
Brunswick’s Regt; who was
Killed by Lightning
Aug’t 16th 1780 In the
28th Year of his Age.
Ich weis dasmein Erloler Lebt wki
Er wird nich wieder aus der erten
Auferweeken
Job, Capt 19th v 25th

See Also

Footstone of John Isense's grave

Geolocation