The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Home Collection Search

Object Record

Hessian Musket
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Hessian Musket

Date: 1775
Catalog #: NM207    Accession #: 319944
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 8" H x 58.5" W x 2.5" D

Physical Description

German musket, .77 caliber.

General History

King George III used German soldiers to bolster his ranks. Many of these mercenaries came from Hesse-Cassel and were called “Hessians.” Their arms were stout German muskets that bore a similarity to the British Brown Bess, though their barrel bands resembled the French Charleville.


Countries: Germany, United States
War: War of American Independence
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center Printable ScriptVisit the MuseumEducationCredits