Anette Ruppel Rodrigues, Hessian soldiers in the American Revolutionary War
Since 1996, Rodrigues has been researching the so-called “Hessians” in Maine, and “Hessian” troops from Braunschweig (Brunswick) and Ansbach-Bayreuth at Fort George, today’s Castine, ME. She has translated several letters written by Ansbach-Bayreuth officers and also translated a 1783 play by Johann August Weppen “The Hessian Officer in America”. Translations are not yet published. Women in the Curriculum at the University of Maine awarded her a Reading Grant to research the role of German soldiers' wives during the American Revolution. She presented this research at the University of Maine's Lunch Series Program. She also presented a paper to a German audience at the Pastoriushaus, a German-American cultural center in Bad Windsheim near Ansbach, Germany with special emphasis on the Ansbach-Bayreuth troops who had been stationed in today’s Maine. Rodrigues is a member of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association.