The Brunswick Troops Muster Roll of July 20, 1781

Fort Brookyln, Long Island, New York

The document was obtained on microfilm from the Clements Historical Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

This original document provided the following data:
Document: Muster Roll
Date taken: July 20th 1781
Location: Fort Brooklyn, Long Island, New York
Name: Benjamin Schiller,
Rank: Surgeon's Mate
Company: Major de Ehrenkrook's Company
Regiment: Brigadier General Specht's Regiment
Troops: Brunswick Troops

This document also states that the muster roll included the recruits sent over from Brunswick in the year 1780. Demarce10 indicates that Auguste Benjamin Schiller was a "fourth recruit transport" which arrived in New York. From the table above, we see that Benjamin "fourth recruit transport" would be the 266 recruits brought over in May of 1780.

From other documents11, we know that the overall Commander of the German troops was Major General Adolf Baron von Riedesel. In a book written by Max von Eelking,12 it indicated that Major General von Reidesel, was captured along with the British General Burgoyne at Saratoga on 17 October 1777. Three years later, on October 25, 1780, General Reidesel was set free in a prisoner exchange13 . After being released, Sir Henry Clinton at once confirmed the command of Long Island upon him with headquarters in Brooklyn.

...Robert Pierre Schiller




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