10 Of the most Famous Exhibits of the Museum of American revolution set to open in April 2017
8 Headgear of Hessian Fusiliers
This pair of decorative headgear was worn by soldiers of the Hessian fusiliers. Hessian troops were part of a 3000-strong German Hessian soldiers, hired from the German state of Hesse-Cassel to fight against the American Revolution. A number of German soldiers belonging to other states also saw action, fighting on both sides during the American Revolution. At that time, Germany wasn’t a unified country but was made up of small independent states.
The headgear was discovered during a dredging of the Delaware in 1915 and presumably came from a sunken transport ship that had sunk in the river in March 1778.
9 Most Iconic Painting of the Revolution- March to Valley Forge
This is perhaps one of the most significant and iconic paintings of the American Revolution, marking Washington’s journey with his army to Valley Forge. Washington and his troops braved the terrible winter of 1777 -1778, where almost 2500 Americans died of starvation, disease and malnutrition. William Trego’s remarkable painting was exhibited at the Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania in 1883. It was inspired by author Washington Irving’s Life of Washington. Valley Forge is one of the most iconic symbols of the American Revolution, depicting sacrifice, patriotism and valor.