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Friedrick Adolphus Von Riedesel fonds (P176)

1776-1783. - 7 cm of textual records.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

Born in Hesse, Germany, Friedrich Adolphus von Riedesel (1738-1800) became an officer in the army of the Duke of Brunswick. In 1776 he was made a major-general and appointed the commander of the German mercenaries sent by the Duke of Brunswick to fight on the British side in the American War of Independence. His troops were stationed, for a time, in Québec. After the war he returned home. In 1787 he was made a lieutenant-general and in 1792 the commandant of the city of Brunswick.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.3, p.201.)

Scope and Content:

The Friedrich Adolphus von Riedesel fonds gives information on military activities.

The fonds consists of correspondence with Assistant Commissary General Jonathan Clarke (military surgeon), H.A. Kennedy and Adam Mabane (the chief political advisor of Governor Frederick Haldimand) pertaining to his role as commander of the Duke of Brunswick's mercenary troops.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.3, p.201.)